FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga - The Emmanuel College Women's soccer team lost 2-0 in dismal weather against Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions outworked the Bobcats in the opening minutes, gaining a corner kick in the first two minutes, and a shot on goal by senior defender Miki Cain a few minutes later.
The wet conditions made it hard to string consecutive passes together, with both teams having to resort to a chasing game. A foul was called against Emmanuel 13 minutes into the opening half after a challenge in the box, with Lees McRae able to convert the penalty to claim the lead. The score remained at 1-0 going into the half time break. Lees McRae took control of the game in the early minutes of the second half, with a pair of corner kicks and multiple shots on goal. Sarah Mahar was able to convert for the bobcats in the 55th minute after the lions lost a controversial tackle outside the 18 yard box that allowed the bobcats entry to the goal.
The Lions picked up the intensity in the last 25 minutes of play and unleashed 6 shots at the bobcat goalkeeper. Freshman forward Kayla Brown was unlucky not to score in the 83rd minute when her driven shot flew narrowly over the cross bar. The Lions outshot the bobcats 11-7 for the match, and forced 6 saves out of the bobcat keeper. Emmanuel goalkeeper Breanna Grizzle went all 90 minutes in goal and was only forced to make 1 save, although her quickness off the line saved the Lions on several occasions
The Lions will look to regroup before their next game against Anderson in South Carolina on Wednesday at 2pm.
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