DECATUR, Ga.—Visiting Piedmont struck for two goals in the opening six minutes to help the Lions to a 3-1 result over Agnes Scott College on Wednesday afternoon at Gellerstedt Field. The Lions scored three times in the first half, while holding Agnes Scott's offense in check until the very end of regulation.
The Scotties lose for the first time in conference action after starting the league slate with back-to-back wins over LaGrange and Wesleyan. Agnes Scott now sits at 4-6 overall and 2-1 in league action. Piedmont improves to 4-1 in the USA South and 9-5-1 overall.
A period of six minutes was all Piedmont needed to send the Scotties scrambling for answers. Kaylee King (Loganville, Ga.) found herself unmarked from about 35 yards out and took a 'why not' attempt. King caught the entire Agnes Scott defense off guard, placing the shot just inches under the crossbar for a goal in just the fourth minute of regulation.
The Lions added to their lead just two minutes later when Abby Cox (Williamson, Ga.) placed a perfect ball into the left pocket off a nice center ball over the top from Anya Olson (San Diego, Calif.).
Agnes Scott overcame the initial shock and settled into a better possession-based game for the rest of the half, only to see Piedmont strike once more in the waning minutes of the first half.
Reid Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished a cross from the productive right side of the Piedmont offense with the assist credited to Jade Edwards (Dayton, Ohio).
Piedmont held a shot advantage in both halves, but Agnes Scott's work rate in the offensive third was much improved in the second half. The Scotties had several chances to chip away at Piedmont's hefty lead, but it wasn't until the final minute of play that senior Brea Hill (Lithonia, Ga.) was able to break through for Agnes' lone score of the game.
Hill has scored each of the Scotties' last three goals, including the game-winner at Wesleyan last week.
The winger finished off a loose ball on corner set-piece that Piedmont was unable to poke away before the late run put the Scotties on the board.
Piedmont outshot Agnes Scott 19-11 for the game, with an 8-4 advantage in attempts on frame.
Miranda McNalley (Atlanta, Ga.) made three stops for the Lions, all coming in the second half. Agnes Scott keeper Victoria Cruz (Duncanville, Ga.) saw her record fall to 4-4 in goal despite making five saves and distributing the ball well.
Agnes Scott heads on the road for a busy USA South weekend beginning with a trip to Brevard on Saturday. The Scotties will also take on USA South West Division-leading Maryville on Sunday in Tennessee.