Big Second Half Pushes Kentucky Wesleyan Past Eagles, 4-0
With AsburyEagles.com writer Matther Hunter
WILMORE, Ky. - The Asbury Eagles couldn't find a way to get things going Tuesday night as they hosted the Panther of Kentucky Wesleyan after a 10-day period with no games. Kentucky Wesleyan scored three second half goals to open up a game that came out of the break 1-0.
Senior Katie Whitney of Kentucky Wesleyan, who was a reserve to start the match, came in and immediately made an impact for the visitors from just down the road. Whitney netted the game’s first goal with a header in the 25th minute. Paige Kramer, a junior for Kentucky Wesleyan sprinted past the Eagle defenders touched the ball into the air for Whitney as she headed in goal number one. The goal would turn out to be the game winner, and the only goal of the first half.
As has seemingly been the case throughout the first half of the season, Asbury put up a better showing in the second half, controlling the ball and getting their best opportunities of the game. Shanda Painter, the Eagles' second-leading scorer, did her best to even the score at one apiece early in the half with a shot from just outside the box. Painter's blast sailed just wide of the upper-90, garnering a groan from the Eagles' crowd and bench.
The Panthers would turn the tables on the Eagles midway through the period, however, notching their second and third goals within sixty seconds of one another to seemingly put the game out of reach.
At the end of the night, the Panthers converted on their opportunities and proved to be too much for the Eagles on this night.
The Panthers tallied 26 shots to the Eagles' nine for the night- four of which came from Painter.
Sophomore Lizzie Hoffa led Asbury with eight saves but was tagged with the loss. Audrey Gray collected two saves in a relief effort of 17 minutes.
The Eagles will look to bounce back and improve to 2-0 in conference play against KIAC opponent Carlow University on Saturday, September 28. The opening whistle is scheduled for 2 p.m.