DECATUR, Ga.—Junior midfielder Caitlynn Croft (LaGrange, Ga.) erupted for three goals as Agnes Scott Women's Soccer chalked a point up in the win column by handing visiting LaGrange a 4-1 loss. The Scotties found plenty of room to work within the midfield and constantly pressured the Panthers that led to two strikes in each half.
The Scotties improve to 1-9-1 overall and can focus on the USA South schedule ahead without added pressure on their backs. Agnes Scott is now 1-2 in the conference to climb back into the middle of the table. LaGrange dips to 1-8 and 0-3 respectively.
Croft put the Scotties on the board early with her first goal of the season in the 10th minute. Zoey Perchaluk (Fort Erie, Ont.) jump-started a two-on-one with the keeper and passed the ball across the face of the goal for the Croft tip in.
Agnes' momentum was short-lived as the Panthers scrapped together a strange goal just 40 seconds later. Ashley Jacobson (Clermont, Fla.) passed a ball out of a scrum with several Scottie defenders on the ground and no one on the line to protect the net.
The 1-1 score remained for most of the remainder of the opening half, but Perchaluk ensured a halftime lead with a nifty finish just a minute before the break. The forward stole a pass off the foot of her mark and beat the Panthers inside before sliding the ball past DeAundra Green (Duluth, Ga.).
Croft put the Scotties in firm control with two goals with seven minutes of each other in the middle of the second half. The first was a failed clear that landed right at the feet of the midfielder, who took one touch and finished over Green's head. Croft finished another point-blank opportunity in the 71st minute when Nia Coates (Pooler, Ga.) sent in a low cross for a simple touch.
Agnes Scott outshot LaGrange 26-7 overall and 18-6 on frame. Green made 14 saves, while Abby Ackerson (Hoover, Ala.) registered her first career win with five stops.
The Scotties are back in action on Saturday with a trip to Brevard at 4 p.m.
- Coach Eric Struble earned his first collegiate victory as a head coach while doing it in style.
- Croft completed her second career hat-trick, her first since the 2015 campaign in just her third college game—an 11-0 triumph over Hollins.
- Perchaluk and Croft are now tied for the team lead with three goals each.