Second half penalty kick lifts Flagler over Clayton State 2-1
Morrow, GA – The Clayton State women's soccer team jumped out to a 1-0 lead Saturday and had its chances against an undefeated Flagler team but were unable to hold on, as the Saints scored two unanswered goals to defeat the Lakers 2-1 at Laker Field.
With the match tied at one apiece, Flagler's Lindsay Zullo converted a penalty kick 12 minutes into the second half to lift the Saints to the victory.
"We worked hard tonight," said head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "I felt we deserved more but this game is about putting a bulge in the onion bag. We had numerous chances to produce said bulge, but it just didn't happen for us tonight … again!"
The loss evens Clayton State's record to 3-3 on the season and drops the squad to 0-1 in Peach Belt Conference play. The Lakers will try to get back on the winning track on Wednesday, hosting non-conference rival West Georgia in a 7 p.m. match.
Laker senior Josephine Holsten opened the scoring in the 16th minute of Saturday's match, beating the keeper with a shot from 10 yards out in the lower right of the net. Senior Angela Jolly was credited with the assist on the play.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Flagler's Jessica Jagielski knotted the score at 1-1 six minutes later off a pass from Katie Kaufmann.
For the second match in a row, the Lakers outshot their opponent only to come up on the short end in the win column. After outshooting Coker 23-7 on Tuesday, Clayton State outshot Flagler 11-7 Saturday. Laker keeper Laoise O'Driscoll finished with two saves in the match.