Laurinburg, NC - The St. Andrews Women's Soccer team dropped their third conference match of the season to the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs 3-1 Wednesday afternoon on the strength of 3 early first half goals by the Bulldogs.
TWC came out on fire in the first few minutes and seemed to catch the Lady Knights off guard as they scored two goals in the first seven minutes by Abigail Fannin and Maddie Thomas that seemed largely uncontested. Fannin then scored again in the 30th minute to put a stranglehold on the game for the Bulldogs.
However, even though SAU was outshot in the first half, they came out strong in the second half as a shot by freshman forward Jessica Martinez just went wide of the net while a shot later on by junior midfielder Hannah Wilson hit high off the crossbar causing the girls to get more aggressive just to get on the board.
St. Andrews continued to pester the TWC keeper all second half with shots and it finally paid off as Jessica Martinez got SAU on the board in the 72nd minute with a wonderful goal off an assist from freshman Rebecca Harper. Harper made her presence felt throughout the half with her aggressive style of play off the bench.
St. Andrews clearly dominated the second half as most of the game was played in the SAU offensive zone whereas TWC dominated the first half. Head Coach Rick Parlow told his girls afterwards that they have got to play all 90 minutes every game and if they do they will win most matches.
Wilson had 4 shots for the Knights with one on goal while Martinez shot 3.
The Lady Knights will drop to 3-5-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the conference while the Bulldogs improve to 7-6 overall and 5-2 in the AAC.
SAU will be back in action again at home this Saturday October 13 at 2 pm when they take on AAC member Bryan College.
Come out and support your Lady Knights.