De­spite heat, Lady Ea­gles keep cool with first win

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Chad Hixon

Orig­i­nally, the Ox­ford Col­lege women’s soc­cer team was sched­uled to be­gin its sea­son on Fri­day evening against Ge­or­gia Perime­ter.

How­ever, ap­par­ently Mother Na­ture had dif­fer­ent plans in mind.

Due to light­ning, the game was can­celed and resched­uled for a later date to be de­ter­mined. Ox­ford fans were forced to wait an­other two days to watch their Lady Ea­gles in ac­tion for the first time this sea­son. It was worth it. If Sun­day was any in­di­ca­tion of good things to come for Ox­ford, then this par­tic­u­lar group is go­ing to have a strong sea­son of its own.

Be­hind a strong sec­ond half ef­fort, Ox­ford de­feated Spar­tan­burg Methodist, 2- 0, on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Biv­ings Field. The Lady Ea­gles were able to do so in a game marked by warm tem­per­a­tures and hot tem­pers.

Ox­ford con­trolled the ball for a large por­tion of the first 45 min­utes, but was un­able to cap­i­tal­ize against a de­pleted Spar­tan­burg team rid­dled by in­juries. The Lady Ea­gles were able to get some shots on goal in the first half; how­ever, none of them found the back of the net.

Ox­ford sopho­more co­cap­tain Olivia Lezan­ski nearly gave her team the lead be­fore her shot eluded the goal­keeper, just miss­ing wide right.

Spar­tan­burg was not able to muster a le­git­i­mate threat against the Ox­ford de­fense in the first half. In fact, the vis­i­tors from South Carolina did not get off a sin­gle shot on goal dur­ing the first half of play.

For the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half, the teams traded pos­ses­sions. But dur­ing the 68th minute of ac­tion, Ox­ford fresh­man Arielle Hay­den lobbed the ball over the op­pos­ing goalie into the net, giv­ing Ox­ford a lead it would never re­lin­quish.

The Lady Ea­gles were now in full con­trol of the game.

In the 80th minute, Lezan­ski got into the scor­ing ac­tion when she buried a ball into the back of the net.

The Lady Ea­gles are com­ing off a sea­son in which they went 12- 2- 6 over­all, reach­ing the NJCAA na­tional semi- fi­nals.

Ox­ford will com­pete in a tour­na­ment be­gin­ning Satur­day at noon at Herkimer Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Herkimer, N. Y.

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