Tirae Stevens, Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the No. 19-ranked Armstrong State soccer team achieved a convincing 8-0 victory over the Francis Marion Patriots. The Pirates moved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Peach Belt Conference play with the win.
The Lady Pirates managed to put seven goals on the board in the first half. The first goal came during the fifth minute, thanks to an assist from sophomore Taylor Snell that reached sophomore Asa Thorsen. Just a minute and a half later, freshman Ashley Lewis took advantage of a longball assist from junior Olivia Dejong to add a goal to the scoreboard for the Pirates.
The Pirates’ third goal came in the 19th minute at the foot of senior Sarah Olin, who took advantage of a rebounded shot from junior Ashley Green. Green contributed a goal of her own during the 22nd minute, using an assist from junior Michelle Allen to push the score to 4-0.
During the 26th minute, junior Jenny Allen scored her first of two goals on the night thanks to a lofted cross from junior Mallary Hedden. Sarah Olin came back during the 28th minute to score her second goal of the night and the sixth for the Pirates. To end the half, Jenny Allen scored her second goal of the night to give the Pirates the 7-0 advantage.
The Pirates’ lone goal in the second half came in the 58th minute, when freshman Miranda Lucas used an assist from Ashley Lewis to get the ball in the net. The Pirates outshot the Patriots 28-3. Out of the three keepers that saw action for the Pirates, sophomore Fatima DiModica was the only one to notch a save— tallying two in 28 minutes of action.
“I think the major aspect for us going into the game was to keep our intensity at a high level,” sophomore Parker Schroedel commented regarding team performance. “We did just that and that really helped us keep our focus.”
Going on the road, the Lady Pirates played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw against the Young Harris Mountain Lions. The draw snapped the Pirates’ five-game winning streak and put their record at 5-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the league.
After three failed shot attempts during the first 20 minutes of play, Young Harris was the first to score during the 32nd minute, due to a shot from Lucero Robayo that just missed the hand of Armstrong keeper Erica Laurens. During the second half, a penalty kick opportunity for the Pirates came in the 66th minute. Junior Jenny Allen successfully converted the kick to tie up the game at one goal apiece.
Laurens’s three saves protected the score during the first overtime, and two failed scoring attempts in the second overtime on behalf of the Mountain Lions led to the match ending 1-1.
“We were fortunate to get a point here today, to be honest,” Armstrong head coach Eric Faulconer said. “We walked into a beehive and we were unprepared for it. We will regroup and reevaluate things, but this feels more like a loss than a tie, at the moment.”
Armstrong State competed on the road against the USC Aiken Pacers. They will return home to face the University of Montevallo Falcons Saturday, Oct. 1, for Girl Scout Day.