PHCC women’s soccer scores big win over USC-Salkehatchie

September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

By CHRIS PRIDE – Bulletin Sports Writer

533729_627072403991049_1029033614_nComing off a much more competitive showing Saturday against NJCAA Region X power Spartanburg Methodist College than it did last season, the Patrick Henry Community College women’s soccer team didn’t have much time to dwell on its first loss of the season.

Head coach Larry Wylie actually told his team to forget about the defeat the moment they left the field and turn their attention to USC-Salkehatchie on Sunday. There didn’t seem to be any ill effects of the 3-0 loss as the Patriots turned being shutout into shutting out their next opponent.

PHCC (4-1, 2-1) scored a pair of goals inside a three-minute window of the first half and had it hold up in defeating the Indians 2-0 at the Smith River Sports Complex. Wylie said it was a very important Region X win as the Patriots hope to secure a home-field match in the playoffs in an attempt to reach the conferences final four.

“We definitely put the last game behind us and I told them right then as they left the gate that we have to think about Salkehatchie,” Wylie said. “This was a big win for us as far as getting a leg up on that lower tier of teams in our conference. If we can upset or draw against teams like Cape Fear, Spartanburg and Louisburg that’s great, but we have to beat some of these lower teams to put us in a position to host a playoff game. We want a shot at making the final four and once there anything can happen.”

After receiving the gift of an own goal in the 25th minute, sophomore Sha’Quayla Davis scored that much needed second goal just three minutes later by poking home a rebound on a Larissa Ayo shot.

“That was an awesome goal because it was my first goal of the season. I was happy to be there and finish the ball,” Davis said.

Ayo started the play by slipping in through the right side of the penalty box and put a hard low shot on frame forcing the Indians keeper to make a diving save to her right. The ball deflected towards the center of the six-yard box where Davis had continued her attacking run on the play. At the right spot, she was able to bury the rebound for a 2-0 lead.

“The second goal was huge, because (USC-Salkehatchie) has a great keeper,” Wylie said. “We got a good shot on target and the rebound was just two yards too far from the keeper and ‘Q’ did a great job of continuing the run, not panicking and gave it just a little toe poke underneath the keeper. That’s the kind of stuff we have to do in order to win.”

The opening goal came on one of the Patriots’ seven first-half corners. The numerous set play opportunities eventually paid off as the inswinging delivery from the right corner was inadvertently flicked into the far side netting from the near post by Salkehatchie defender Danielle Danforth. PHCC garnered the better part of the attack in the first half with five shots — all coming from inside the box.

The second half saw very few quality chances as Brittany Boitnott had a few decent looks from distance, accounting for three of her team’s four second-half shots. PHCC led in shots 9-4.

Alvalous Barbour made three saves to earn the clean sheet, making a few saves inside the final 10 minutes when the Indians started to push.

The women have a lengthy break, not playing again until Sept. 14 at rival Louisburg College.


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