The LaGrange College men's soccer team returned to Panther Field for the first time since Sept. 28 on Saturday, as visiting Mary Baldwin University scored twice in the opening 3:20 and never looked back during a 4-0 win.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Carr Panetta put the Fighting Squirrels (7-7, 4-5 USA South) on the board 1:01 into regulation, as he blasted a shot from the right edge of the box into the back of the net. Two minutes, 19 seconds later, Panetta gave Mary Baldwin a 2-0 lead, netting a bouncing ball.
- Freshman goalkeeper Gian Dev of the Panthers (4-8-1, 3-5-1 USA South) made an impressive diving stop toward the right post on a shot by Panetta in the 24th minute.
- With 20 minutes showing on the clock in the first half, LaGrange was on the attack deep in the offensive end. Senior midfielder Errick Sturm and freshman midfielder Blake Webb exchanged passes during a give-and-go situation, but the Squirrels' defense was able to break up the rush.
- During the 35th minute, Webb fed freshman midfielder Enrique Hernandez on the left side of the box. Hernandez quickly slid a pass over to a sprinting Sturm, but the shot went just wide left.
- Mary Baldwin went into halftime with a 3-0 advantage on a goal from the left side of the 18-yard box by Alexis Barba during the 37th minute.
- Hernandez tried to get the Panthers on the board with 26 minutes left in the second half, sending a terrific ball from the left side, but he just missed connections with Sturm at the right post.
- Sturm had another quality chance during the 69th minute with a header attempt inside the box on a feed by sophomore midfielder Larnel Francois, but Mary Baldwin goalkeeper Obdulio Argueta was able to corral the attempt.
- Marcos Sasia ended the scoring in the 76th minute, as his shot deflected off Dev's hands and the backspin allowed the ball to cross the goal line.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Panthers outshot the Squirrels, 23-20, but Mary Baldwin held a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal.
- Hernandez and senior defender Matthew Fritts led the way with five shots apiece for the Panthers, while Webb finished with four.
- LaGrange led the corner-kick category, 5-3, while Dev made five stops.
- The Panthers will be back in action on Sunday with a 1 p.m. USA South game against Berea at Panther Field.