Women’s Soccer: Panthers come up short, 2-0, against Piedmont

Photo by Jacob Krzysiak
Photo by Jacob Krzysiak

Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Smith of the LaGrange College women's soccer team recorded a double-digit save total for the fourth time this season with 16 on Sunday afternoon against USA South-foe Piedmont, but the Lions scored a goal in each half during a 2-0 triumph.

The Panthers (7-10, 1-6 USA South) will honor their two outstanding seniors in Maura Webb and Olivia Braun on Tuesday prior to a 5 p.m. non-conference game against Judson at Panther Field. With the win, Piedmont improved to 11-5-1 overall and 5-1 in the USA South.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Smith made a difficult stop on a shot by Cassie Kirk of Piedmont during a one-on-one situation on the right side of the 18-yard box in the fourth minute.
  • The Lions scored the game's first goal in the 15th minute, as Aleea Bishop sent a pass over to Kirk. Kirk won a battle on the edge of the box, and then went straight for goal, burying the game-winning tally.
  • Smith kept the Panthers within one at the end of the first half, turning aside a strong scoring bid on the right side of the box by Katelyn Smith during the 26th minute off a feed by Kirk.
  • Kirk hit the crossbar in the 55th minute for the Lions, and then Piedmont ended the scoring with 1:24 showing on the clock. Anya Olson sent a pass from the edge of the box on the right attacking side across the goal line, and then Kaylee King converted from point-blank range.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Smith made eight saves in each half for the Panthers, as she has now posted double-digit save totals in nine career games. She maintains an impressive 1.30 goals-against average and a .856 save percentage in 13 appearances this season.
  • Piedmont led the shots category, 38-2, and held an 18-0 lead in shots on goal. The Lions also attempted 11 corner kicks.

UP NEXT:

  • The Panthers will play Judson at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Panther Field, and then LaGrange will close out the regular season with a 3:30 p.m. USA South game against host Maryville on Sunday, Oct. 27.