RALEIGH, N.C. -- The soccer Avenging Angels opened the 2017 season Friday afternoon in a defensive battle with the visiting University of the South in the Meredith College Classic. Sweeper Kirstie King scored the only goal on the day with a long floater from more than 20 yards out on the left side of the field to give the Angels a 1-0 victory over the Tigers.
Late afternoon thunderstorms delayed match two of the tournament between N.C. Wesleyan and Southern Virginia. The two teams left the field less than 10 minutes into the match but did not return due to the weather. The Bishops will face off with Sewanee at 2 p.m. Saturday, and Meredith wraps up the Classic versus SVU at 4:20 p.m.
Meredith jumped on the Tigers with a quick pair of early attempts and continued to pressure Sewanee. The aggressive defensive play left the teams scoreless at the halfway mark.
After nine shots during the first 45 minutes, the Angels continued to dominate the attack with seven more after the break. Sewanee created a breakaway opportunity late in the second period, but Meredith keeper Jaisa Loch beat out the lead Tiger to grab the cross pass at the top of the box to eliminate the threat. King followed with her goal to put away the visitors with 3:31 remaining in regulation.
Sewanee keeper Samantha Bourgeois managed to stop nine Meredith attempts on goal, and Loch was credited with three saves for the Angels. Jessica Wallace led the match with five shots, including three on goal, and seven other Avenging Angels recorded an attempt.
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