Agnes Scott Soccer begins its quest for USA South glory today when they head to Montgomery, Alabama for a 4 vs. 5 matchup in the first round of the conference tournament. The Scotties will see Huntingdon for the second time in a week and hope to avenge a 2-0 loss in Decatur with the stakes even higher this time around.
The Scotties enter the game at 4-12-1, while Huntingdon sports a 10-6-1 record. A point separated the two teams in the standings as the Hawks had one fewer loss and replaced it with a tie against Wesleyan.
Revisiting the First Meeting
Huntingdon beat the Scotties 2-0 exactly a week ago with a pair of goals in the second half. Agnes Scott controlled the pace for large chunks of the game but was unable to poke through the Hawks' defensive line. The Scotties held a 13-8 shot advantage in the losing effort.
The difference in the match was a 10-minute stretch where a series of misfortune plagued the home side. First-year Elena Guy scored both goals for the Hawks by finding herself in the right place at the right time. A through ball that curiously made its way through the entire Agnes defense allowed Guy to mix up her mark and run onto the pass through the middle of the field for the easy touch. Guy was wide open 10 minutes later for a simple finish when three Agnes defenders got sucked into a play in the same space.
On the other side, Agnes found just as much lack of luck with three beautiful attempts caroming off either the post or the crossbar, including a sinking ball from Emily Duncan (Toano, Va.) that looked like a sure-fire score.
Things should not change much between the two teams in a week's time, but expect the Scotties to be focused for the second go-around. A few inches were the difference between a positive result and a negative one in the first meeting, and it would be surprising if the matchup was not even once again.
Agnes Scott's passing through the midfield has gotten stronger as the season has progressed and it found space to work at times against a normally stingy Huntingdon defense. Patience will be a key for the Agnes Scott attack as it looks to get on the board early to keep the Hawks on their toes.
Key Players to Watch
F Zoey Perchaluk, Jr. – Perchaluk has been Agnes Scott's most consistent offensive presence this fall with seven goals and six assists to her name. She also has a keen eye with 21 of 30 shots going on frame in 2017.
M Caitlynn Croft, Jr. – Croft has been a quietly solid contributor all season and a string of scoring down the stretch of the season has given a quantitative reward for her play. A leader in the midfield will be looked to in big spots.
D Kaitlyn Staten – Never going to light up a box score from an outside back position, but has quietly turned in an outstanding rookie season to help make Agnes' defense one of the best in the West.
M Jasmine Young – A key reserve for the Scotties has made her mark to the tune of six goals and one assist, serving as Agnes' second-leading scorer.
M Meredith Harrison and Elena Guy – The two have combined for 10 goals and five assists for the Hawks this season and of course the Scotties are well versed in Guy's talents after tallying half her season total in the game last week. The Scotties will have to have their eye on Harrison at all times.
F Mac Pearson – Perhaps Huntingdon's most dangerous player with the ball after totaling 16 points during her first season as a Hawk. Leads the team in game-winning goals with three.
What's on the Line?
The winner of Wednesday's game will get a trip to Maryville on Saturday at noon. The Scots defeated both teams during the regular season.