Wed, Aug. 22, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
PULASKI, Tenn. - The Lyon College women's soccer team fought an old TranSouth Athletic Conference nemesis in its season opener Wednesday night, falling to the eight-time defending league champion and 7th-ranked Martin Methodist RedHawks, 5-1, at the East Campus Soccer Complex.
The Scots (0-1), who have joined the American Midwest Conference this year, kept the match close for the first 45 minutes, trailing only 1-0 at the break. But the RedHawks scored four straight goals in the second half and secured their season opener at home.
Lyon College head coach Ben Parman
said his squad fought hard in the first half and had opportunities to take an early lead, which could have made a difference later in the contest.
"I thought we played very well in the first half," the second-year Lyon coach stated. "We were a well-organized and well-disciplined team early and that's how we needed to play.
"They scored on an unlucky goal in the first half, but we had our chances. There were 3-4 scoring opportunities that didn't go our way and capitalize on and it hurt us.
"Then it was a different story in the second half. After we allowed the second and third goals, the girls' effort and intensity wasn't where it needed to be. But there were a couple of girls that kept fighting and that's how we scored our goal late."
Martin Methodist (1-0) held a 20-6 advantage on shots, but only an 11-4 lead on shots on goal, with Mor Efraim leading the way with a pair of goals on six shots for the RedHawks.
attempted a pair of shots to lead the Scots, helping her team avert the shutout with a score with 6:00 remaining. Monica Ayala
and Shelby Frazier
both also had two shots for Lyon. Frazier recorded the assist on the Scots' goal.
took the loss in goal for Lyon College, recording six saves, as she played the entire contest. Meaghan Storie was the winning goalkeeper for the RedHawks, tallying three saves and allowing a goal.
"Shelby and Hannah worked well together to put in the goal for us, and we had several attackers who did a good job," Parman added. "Monica Ayala
played a very good game in the attack position. In fact, we were pleased with our attacking players as a whole. We just need to continue to work on some things. The nice thing is we have over a week until our next match against Oklahoma Wesleyan (on Aug. 31 in Little Rock).
"It was a good test for an opener, playing a team that is a perennial powerhouse. They exploited a lot of our weaknesses and showed us some things we need to continue to fix. But we also saw some good things in the first half. We just need to continue to do those kinds of things and put a full 90 minutes of good soccer together if we want to finish at the top of the conference race later this season."
Efraim put the RedHawks on top 1-0 with 14:45 gone in the match when she took a pass from Lila Remache and knocked a shot in with her left foot.
The score remained the same until 15:10 into the second half when Heather Holley sliced a shot just under the crossbar and into the net, off a pass from Daniel Sofer.
Just under six minutes later Sofia Smati scored off a deflection. Sofer then added the fifth goal with 10:00 remaining.