MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Smith of the LaGrange College women's soccer team finished with a career-high 19 saves during a 1-0 setback at USA South-foe Huntingdon on Wednesday evening.
Smith turned away 11-of-12 shots in the opening 45 minutes, and then all eight attempts in the second half. The Panthers fell to 7-9 overall and 1-5 in the USA South, while the Hawks improved to 4-7-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Smith was busy in net from the start, denying five shots in the opening 7:31. She came up with back-to-back saves 19 seconds apart in the third minute off shots by Erika Gebhard and Sam Curtis.
- Huntingdon scored the lone goal of the game in the 35th minute, as Lindsay Paskman buried a shot off a corner kick by Alex Calhoun.
- The Hawks hit the post three times in the second half, with the attempts coming from Kirstin Hayes (47th minute), Doren Staley (77th minute) and Calhoun (89th minute).
- Smith kept the Panthers within striking distance until the final whistle, turning aside four shots during the final 11:40 of the second half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith (5-7) has registered double-digit save totals eight times over her two-year career. Smith's previous record for single-game saves was 16, which she accomplished at Brevard during her rookie season. The sophomore standout currently boasts an impressive 1.24 goals-against average and a .849 save percentage, to go along with two shutouts on the season.
- Panthers sophomore midfielder Sydney Dailey currently leads the team in points (16) and assists (6), while sophomore forward Dynasty Burchett leads the way with six goals.
- Huntingdon led the shots category, 35-0, and held a 20-0 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Hawks emerged victorious by a score of 3-0 during the 2018 meeting at Panther Field.