DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott took no time getting on the scoreboard with a strike in the first minute and kept tacking on in a big 9-0 USA South win over Berea on Saturday. The Scotties found plenty of room to work their way down the field and capitalized on most of the opportunities in the blowout victory.
The Scotties are now even in conference play at 3-3, while Berea falls to 1-5 in as many games. Agnes Scott also puts together a win streak for the first time in 2017 as the Scotties improved to 3-11-1 overall.
A fastbreak in the opening minute found Nia Coates with a perfect chance down the right flank. The sophomore wing had her initial go off the inside of the post and right back to her. Instead of forcing the ball back to the keeper, Coates pulled the ball back and over to Zoey Perchaluk (Fort Erie, Ont.) for a simple ball into net.
Fifteen minutes passed before any change on the Gellerstedt scoreboard when Frances Wyatt (Atlanta, Ga.) scored her first of the season with a pretty finish from the left side on a pass out by Perchaluk.
The Scotties added goals in bunches twice in the remainder of the first stanza. Abie Adamson (Chattanooga, Tenn.) scored her first career goal with a nifty give-and-go with Caitlynn Croft (LaGrange, Ga.) off a corner. Jasmine Young (Albany, Ga.) scored her first of two on the day with a finish just a minute later at the 28th mark.
Young added her second of the contest in the 31st minute off a nice centered pass by Brea Hill (Lithonia, Ga.) before Hill added her first of the year a few moments later to give the Scotties a 6-0 halftime advantage.
Perchaluk extended the Scottie lead with two goals in the first five minutes of the second period, giving herself a hat trick in the process. She now has the team lead with six goals on the year.
Alissa Wheeler (Bethlehem, Ga.) scored the first goal of her career with a re-direct off a corner kick to cap the scoring for the Scotties.
Abby Ackerson (Hoover, Ala.) had five saves to earn the win in a half of action for the Scotties. Most of the shots Ackerson faced were from distance, however the first-year made an outstanding diving stop on a penalty kick at the end of the first half.
Berea's Amber Follin (Vandalia, Ohio) made several nice saves for the Mountaineers despite taking the loss.
Agnes Scott will look to continue its momentum on Wednesday when they host Huntingdon (8-5-1, 2-2-1 USA South). The Scotties officially clinched a postseason appearance with the win over Berea on Saturday.