Womens’s soccer fall to Warren-Wilson

September 7, 2015

By CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer

Patrick Henry Community College women’s soccer coach Larry Wylie admitted that his team has had a very tough early season schedule, with games against several four year programs like Hollins, Mary Baldwin, Averett and Sunday’s opponent, NCAA Division II school Warren Wilson.

Even though the results have been mixed, Wylie said the experiences have been valuable.

“We’re working on some things and trying to get to a position where we can be competitive in our conference,” Wylie said. “Hopefully we’ll get an understanding about how fast our speed of play has got to be. How physical we’ve got to play. The last two games were very physical for us.”

The results of Sunday’s game may not be exactly what the Patriots wanted, as they fell to Warren Wilson 3-1, but the game was tightly contested throughout and Wylie said he was pretty happy with the way his team played against the tough competition.

Patrick Henry took a 1-0 lead early on a goal by Bassett native Emilee Janney, assisted by Christine Harris in the ninth minute. They had several chances to make the lead bigger, including a shot by Harris that forced the Owl’s keeper to make a diving play, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Ten minutes later the Owls would tie it up. With 22 minutes remaining in the first half, the Owls took a 2-1 lead after a lengthy battle in front of the goal.

Another Owl’s goal with 40 minutes remaining in the second half gave them a 3-1 lead, but the Patriots tightened up on defense and wouldn’t let them score again.

“I felt in the second half we played much better. We had some opportunities. Their keeper made some pretty good plays. We got some looks and we just couldn’t cash in,” Wylie said.

The Patriots had two shots on goal in the second half. Hannah Freeman had a shot go just barely wide of the goal with 28 minutes remaining that would have brought PH within a goal.

Warren Wilson only outshot Patrick Henry 12-9 in the contest. Taylor Horner had nine saves in goal for the Patriots.

Patrick Henry was coming off a 4-1 loss on the road at Averett Friday night. Their lone goal was scored by sophomore Tovin Saleh on a free kick in the 26th minute.

The Patriots are in their fourth year of the program’s existence. Wylie said this team is his most competitive since he began coaching, and these type of close games wouldn’t have been possible in years past.

“A couple years ago, and even last season playing them (Warren Wilson) or playing Averett we would have been on our heels a lot. This year we’re not on our heels. We’re able to get out and make attacking runs and go,” he said.

The Patriots (2-3) will begin a string of games against Region X opponents, starting Thursday on the road at Cape Fear Community College.

“Cape Fear, who is probably one of the top three teams in our region, we’ve got them coming up this week so we just need to make sure that we’re there and we’re prepared for them.”

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