LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Piedmont College women's soccer team lost 2-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament to No. 17 Lynchburg College on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
The two schools faced off against each other for the first time in women's soccer as the Hornets (19-2-2) outscored the Lady Lions (17-5-1) 2-1 in the first half.
ANSLYN STAMPS scored in the second minute of the game to give Piedmont an early 1-0 lead. Stamps scored off a SAMANTHA ISHEE corner kick as she delivered the ball to the lower left side of the goal. The junior finished with a team-high three shots.
After starting a bit flat, Lynchburg found its rhythm on offense and tied the game 1-1 in the 31st minute, before scoring the game winner in the 33rd minute. The Hornets outshot Piedmont 14-2 in the first half and finished the game with a 28-6 shot advantage.
Sophomore keeper MIRANDA MCNALLEY kept Piedmont alive throughout the entire game as she finished with 11 saves.
-- The Hornets led in shots, 28-6, and corner kicks, 10-4.
-- Caitlin Mertens led all players with nine shots, six shots on goal and added one goal.
-- The 2-1 loss is the closest NCAA tournament loss in program history. The Lady Lions are still searching for their first tournament win.
Release courtesy of the Piedmont sports information department.