Scots win big over William Peace Pacers
By Marcus Fitzsimmons | (email@example.com)
When the Scot goal count edged toward double digits Sunday, the normal bagpipe rendition of “Scotland the Brave” ceased following each Maryville College score.
Maybe the iPod battery ran low, or maybe the issue that took out the microphone knocked out the entire sound system, or maybe there just wasn’t enough time to get through one rendition before the next Scot goal found the back of the William Peace net. It was that kind of afternoon for MC in a 12-1 conference win over a short-handed William Peace University squad.
Phoebe Leo took the last shot with seven seconds left to roll the Scots’ shots on goal count to 50 as Maryville cruised through the final 40 minutes after netting three goals in the first four minutes of the second half for a 7-1 advantage that secured MC’s fifth victory in the 12-team USA South.
“We were a little flat from yesterday in the first half, and the second half we stepped it up,” MC coach Pepe Fernandez said. “For them, they went to Ferrum and played yesterday and had to get on the bus and come on down here. You’re going to be dead in the second half when that happens. You have such an advantage as a home team on these doubleheader conference weekends, it’s tough on the traveling team the second day.”
Maryville (6-1, 5-0 USA South) took the three-goal advantage at break and doubled it to make certain of the outcome. Taylor Emerson found the back of the net less than 90 seconds after intermission’s end. Almost before the bagpipes had stopped echoing, Allyson Hale followed with an unassisted score that would have made the basketball team proud. The freshman’s shot rebounded off WPU keeper Sydney Melchert, but the South Pittsburg product kept at it, got her own rebound and planted it dead center.
Phoebe Leo got the first of her assists on the afternoon less than a minute later, setting up Lydia Fuson.
“The top eight in our conference go through to the conference tournament, and that champion gets the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament,” Fernandez said explaining how every USAC game is a must-have for MC. “Your top four teams host the first round, so every game’s important.”
William Peace (1-10, 0-5 USAC) got on the scoreboard with Marianna Mitterling unassisted goal in the 41st minute on a defensive miscue by MC, but it was all the Pacers — with a 12 woman roster that allowed just one sub — could manage.
Maryville substituted liberally over the last 30 minutes and Fernandez liked what he saw from some of his younger players as the lead expanded and the shot count continued to climb.
“I was really happy with a couple girls, Tess Eisnaugle and Erin Persinger, both of them did very well as freshman stepping on defense for us,” MC’s veteran soccer skipper said. “Taylor Emerson came in and scored two great goals. There were a lot of good things out of today.”
A trio of Scots had two goal games as Emerson, Ashley Howarth and Samantha Turner were all one net away from a hat trick.
With the win MC keeps pace with Averett, who defeated Piedmont 2-1 Sunday, as the last undefeated teams in conference play. Maryville hosts Piedmont Saturday and travels to Averett Oct. 13 before taking on Greensboro Oct. 14 in its own USAC road weekend.
The Scots step out of conference to host Covenant Tuesday night in a men’s/women’s double doubleheader. The women roll out the ball at 5 p.m.