The TFC Lady Eagles traveled to Atlanta on Thursday night for a non-conference match up with Oglethorpe University. Oglethorpe entered the game at 3-3 with a 2-0 victory over Agnes Scott University in their latest game. TFC stood at 2-5 prior to the Oglethorpe match. The Lady Eagles topped Warren Wilson College 1-0 in their previous game. Against Oglethorpe, TFC was out-manned by the NCAA D3 side. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, TFC’s lack of depth hurt them in the end as they fell 3-1 on the road.
As TFC has attempted to do for much the season, the Lady Eagles strategically planned to play tight defense while breaking quickly in the counter attack with forward Lizz Rice. Rice put TFC ahead 1-0 in the 22′ of the match with her team-leading 7th goal of the season. Even with a goal in hand, TFC was plummeted by the attack of the Lady Petrels. Oglethorpe tallied 11 shots in the first period; four of which required a save from TFC keeper Becca Heath. TFC entered the intermission with a slim 1-0, but were outshot 11-1 in the half.
Oglethorpe’s persistent attack paid dividends with the equalizer just three minutes after halftime with a goal from Claire Stauber. TFC’s defense continued to withstand the barrage. In total, Heath and the TFC defense faced 25 shots in the second half. Beatrice Menjor gave Oglethorpe the lead in the 75 minute and sealed the win with her second goal of the match in the 85th. In the end, TFC was outshot 36-5 in the 3-1 defeat. Heath was credited with 12 saves on the night.
TFC (2-6) will take the field again on October 4 as they welcome the NCCAA D2 defending champions Clearwater Christian College to Toccoa for a 7:00 match.