CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s soccer team dropped its Big South opener to Winthrop on Friday afternoon by a score of 2-0. The Eagles' Allie Thomas scored a goal in both halves. PC fell to 5-2 (0-1) while Winthrop improved to 5-2-1 (1-0).
How It Happened
The game was moved up to a noon start as a result of Hurricane Florence. Both teams battled the wind throughout the game.
Mallory Hopkins nearly put PC up 1-0 in the 16th minute but was pushed off the ball at the last second by Winthrop’s Arryana Daniels before the senior could register a fast-break shot.
In the 21st minute, Thomas found an open net from six yards out to put Winthrop up 1-0. Eagle sub Katie Colwick refused to give up on the play and crossed the ball in from the left endline to find Thomas for her second goal of the season.
PC nearly found an equalizer in the 28th minute, as Kori Lawrence drew the attention of Winthrop’s goalie Kelly Horan away from goal. Morgan Hutchison squared up on a shot from the top of the 18-yard box towards an empty goal, but the Eagle defense stood strong and deflected the shot away for a corner kick.
The teams would trade shots and fouls for the rest of the half. After 45 minutes, Winthrop led on shots 4-3 and corner kicks were tied at 3-3.
Serrano made an impressive point-blank save in the 80th minute on Winthrop's Natalie Royaards to keep the game 1-0.
Thomas secured the win for Winthrop in the 84th minute with nearly the exact same setup as her first goal. The speedy Royaards crossed the ball in from the left side to find Thomas on the back post to make it 2-0.
PC will host Charleston Southern at Martin Stadium on Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m.