Converse Comeback to Edge St. Andrews 2-1
Spartanburg, SC — Converse College picked up its second win of the season by defeating Carolinas Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) opponent St. Andrews Presbyterian College. The All-Stars improve to 2-0 (1-0 CVAC) on the season, while the Knights fall to 1-2 (0-1 CVAC).
After trailing 1-0 at the half, Converse netted two second half goals to record their second win of season. The All-Stars had the chance to pull ahead in the 6th minute when junior Ashley Carry was taken down in the box. However, Knight Goalkeeper Garrison Burton was up to the challenge and pushed Carry’s penalty shot away. St. Andrews controlled a better part of the play in the first half out shooting Converse 17-7. One of those shots found the back of net off the foot of first half substitute Brittany Forest. The sophomore took advantage of some open space to fire home a shot from 30 yards away. The goal was enough to give the Knights a half time lead.
The All-Stars would draw level in the 54th minute when Carry redeemed herself and scored her second goal in two games. Fellow junior Sam Chapman slipped a crafty pass, for her first assist of the season, into Carry’s stride inside the penalty area. Carry then blasted the ball into the near post to bring the home side level. The action would be back and forth for much of second half before Converse would take the lead 11minutes later. Whitney Cohen, a freshman from Colorado, shot home the game winner from 12 yards out off a deflected attempt by Sam Chapman. The All-Stars were able to hold off a late surge and get their second win of the young season.
“We did not play our best soccer, but the ladies play hard in the second half,” Coach Brian Diaz said of his team’s performance. “The team showed good character coming back from 1-0 down. I am proud of their tenacity.”
Converse’s freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Price made 17 saves on the afternoon to earn her second win in net. Burton made five saves in the losing effort. The Knights out shot the home team 22-11 on the day.
The All-Stars will take to the field on Monday when they do battle with Lees-McRae. The Bobcats, who are also in the CVAC, currently post a record of 1-1. St. Andrews will return to the field on Saturday when they travel to Warren Wilson College.