Sophomore midfielder Sydney Dailey of the LaGrange College women's soccer team netted her third game-winning goal of the season with 3:38 left in regulation during a thrilling 2-1 win over USA South-foe Berea on Saturday afternoon at Panther Field.
The Panthers (7-8, 1-4 USA South) posted their seventh win, which is the most by the program since 2013 (8). The Mountaineers fell to 2-13 overall and 1-5 in the USA South.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- During the 87th minute, freshman midfielder Christina Shanahan picked up her first collegiate assist with a through ball to Dailey. Dailey forced goalkeeper Jade Fulkerson to commit during a one-on-one situation, as Dailey maintained possession and put her fourth career game-winner into a wide-open net.
- Panthers sophomore forward Dynasty Burchett opened the scoring 14:20 into regulation, taking a shot from the right side of the box, which hit the inside of the left post and traveled pass the goal line.
- During the 37th minute, Shanahan played an outstanding through ball to a sprinting Olivia Braun, but the senior forward's attempt from point-blank range was denied by Fulkerson.
- LaGrange sophomore goalkeeper Emma Smith rose to the occasion in the 38th minute, aggressively coming off her line and breaking up a rush by Stacey Keruwa.
- The Panthers were on the attack again in the 43rd minute thanks to a tremendous long ball by freshman defender Jordan Alexis. Burchett rifled a shot from the right side of the box, which was turned aside by Fulkerson. Dailey was denied on two follow-up chances inside the box.
- Smith turned aside a free kick from just beyond the box by Madilyn Hord with 26:47 left in regulation. With 17:40 left, Panthers sophomore defender Madison Demkowski made a big-time defensive stand, taking the ball away from Bailee Vanover on the edge of the 18-yard box.
- Sierra Massucco put the Mountaineers on the board with 11:37 on the clock in the second half, burying a free kick into the top-left corner. Smith responded and made a difficult stop on a header attempt by Vanover off a corner kick by Massucco with eight minutes left.
WHAT THEY SAID:
Panthers Head Coach Fred Wagenaar: "We played very well as a team and had a lot more chances than Berea. Our backline held firm once again. We could have put our heads down after Berea scored and when we had a goal called back, but the players showed the amount of character they have and persevered. We fought hard to get the go-ahead goal with just minutes left. It was an excellent team effort."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Dailey leads the Panthers in points (16) and assists (6), while she is tied for second in the USA South in assists and eighth in points. Burchett leads LaGrange with six goals, which is tied for the 11th most in the conference.
- Smith made a season-high 13 stops, as she has totaled double-digit saves in seven collegiate games.
- Dailey and Burchett combined for 12 shots, with nine being on target, while Braun and sophomore forward Zoe Watts each finished with three shots.
- Berea led the shots category, 27-19, and held a 14-12 lead in shots on goal.
- The Panthers will travel to Montgomery, Alabama, on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start against USA South-rival Huntingdon.