Rock Hill, S.C. – The Presbyterian College Blue Hose (3-9-0, 1-4-0) defeated the Winthrop Eagles (4-7-1, 1-4-0) behind goals from Frances Whitesides (3) and Jessica Powell (2) on Saturday afternoon in Rock Hill, S.C. The goal moves Whitesides into a tie for the third most career points in PC’s Division I era.
How it happened:
Winthrop went on the attack early as they had a shot on goal just 30 seconds in to the contest, starting goal keeper Abby Jones had the save. There would not be another shot in the contest by either team for over 17 minutes.
Presbyterian started on the attack at the 30:53 mark as Mallory Hopkins recorded the first shot for the Blue Hose, it would not be long before PC got on the board. At the 35:21 mark Whitesides took her first shot and from 18 yards out was able to sneak it over the Winthrop goal keeper’s head to give the Blue Hose the 1-0 lead that they would take into the half.
Less than two minutes into the second half the Eagles would tie the score at 1-1 behind a goal from Allie Thomas, the Blue Hose would shut out the Eagles the rest of the way.
At the 78:25-mark PC would go back on top for good when Powell scored her second goal of the season. She rebounded Megan Archers shot after Archer dribbled the ball the length of the first before shooting, her shot bounced off the goal keeper and Powell was there to gather the rebound and put the ball in the net.
The Blue Hose survived a corner kick and five shots in the final 12 minutes of the game. Two of the five shots were blocked while another was saved by Jones. The Eagles final shot with just 15 seconds remaining went wide right and the Blue Hose won the game 2-1.
“I am just excited for the players,” said coach Brian Purcell. “They have had some tough breaks recently so I am pleased that things went our way and they could experience some success. That is a good win against a really good Winthrop team on the road.”
Player of the Game:
The goal keeper, A. Jones, had her best game of the season allowing only one goal and recording five saves in over 90 minutes played in the game.
- The Blue Hose improved to 2-8-1 all-time versus Winthrop.
- The three PC wins this season have come against in state foes Furman, Wofford and Winthrop. The Blue Hose had three wins in 31 all-time meetings with these teams coming into the season.
- This was the first win over Winthrop since 2013 when they defeated them 1-0 also in Rock Hill.
- Presbyterian College controlled the first half, outshooting the Eagles 5-3 in the period.
- Overall six of the 12 PC shots were on target and two of them found the back of the net.
- The Blue Hose have scored five goals in their last two games, they score five goals in the first two games of the season as well.
Presbyterian College hosts Liberty in a midweek contest on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The Blue Hose will be going for the second straight win over Liberty in home contests.