RALEIGH, N.C. - Meredith College celebrated three senior soccer players during the intermission of today's tough 2-0 loss to league-leader Averett University, who remains undefeated in the USA South. Defender Annah Kane with midfielders Carrie Talbert and Kimberly Williams will complete their stellar four-year careers with the Avenging Angels this season.
During a first half that appeared to tip towards Meredith, who out shot the Cougars 13-6, the net seemed to shrink with the ticking of the clock.
AU's Sarah Ostlund caught a pass from Mathilda Hansson in the 38th minute to put the visitors on the board.
The Avenging Angels held steadfast with the Cougars and enjoyed four more opportunities at the goal before the break. Nelson Reames had a near miss that drifted just high of the post, and Jessie Davis and Taylor Brown drove three just within reach of Averett's keeper Malin Borjesson.
Although the shot totals favored the Avenging Angels in the second stanza as well, the momentum seemed to lean towards the Cougars. The young Meredith squad battled but could not close the gap.
With just six minutes remaining in regulation, Hansson gathered a pass from teammate Pernilla Minton in a charge towards the goal. Hansson cleared the defense and drove the ball just out of reach of Meredith's goalie Kelsey Hopper.
Davis and Mary Jacobs gave the Avenging Angels two more opportunities at goal but could not get the ball past Borjesson.
Meredith is set to play William Peace in the final regular season match Wednesday, October 24, at 6 p.m. The breast cancer awareness event is scheduled to take place at WakeMed Soccer Field just down the road from the Meredith campus.
Coach Ashley Riggs led a soccer clinic for children of alumnae on campus Sunday for Alumnae Family Day. The Avenging Angels recognized visiting alumnae during the halftime festivities of today's game.