CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Spring Hill College women's soccer team took a 4-2 win in a conference match at Truett-McConnell College on Friday afternoon.
The Bears' (2-6-1, 0-3 SSAC) defense frustrated the Badgers for the first 35 minutes of play as Spring Hill outshot the home team 10-2 in the early going, but could not find the back of the net against TMC keeper Hayle Swinson.
In the 39th minute of play, however, SHC senior Elaine Femmer of St. Louis, Mo., broke the ice with a goal from 16 yards out off an assist by freshman Emily Thorpe of Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Thorpe would add a second goal with just 28 seconds left on the first half clock when she accepted a pass from freshman Megan Fox of Niceville, Fla., and drilled a shot from directly in front of the net and 18 yards out.
The second period opened with fireworks when Spring Hill's senior Amber O'Connor from Ham Lake, Minn., assisted by sophomore Molly Cowley of Jefferson City, Mo., scored less than three minutes into play to make it 3-0 in favor of the Badgers only to be followed by a goal for the Bears off the foot of Joy Smith just a minute later.
Smith struck again two minutes later with a goal off an assist by Hannah Eison in the 53rd minute to make it a 3-2 Badger advantage.
Senior Abby Galen of St. Louis rebuilt some breathing room for the Badgers with an goal by senior Katie Pendergast of St. Louis from 20 yards out in the 62nd minute.
In goal, SHC freshman goalkeeper Abby Massengale (4-5) of New Orleans, La., made five saves against 15 shots by the Bears while on the other end of the field Swinson faced a barrage of 24 shots and made seven saves.
The victory also marked the 100th win in the women's game for Spring Hill Head Coach Christian DeVries, who now stands at an overall record of 152-144-16 in both men's and women's soccer.
Spring Hill (4-6, 1-3) will travel to Central, S.C., on Saturday to face Southern Wesleyan University (2-5-1, 0-2) in a conference match at 4 p.m.