GREENWOOD, S.C. – September 17, 2011 – Opening Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday, the Clayton State Laker women’s soccer team aimed for some quick momentum at rival Lander.
However, the home standing Lady Bearcats got two first-half goals and held defensively in the second half to pull off a 2-0 shutout victory over Clayton State at the Jeff May Complex. The defeat drops Clayton State to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the Peach Belt, while Lander is now 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Peach Belt.
“Lander deserved it today, but I saw a lot of improvement in the second half with our scoring chances,” said Clayton State head coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “This was a good measuring stick for us today in terms of conference play.”
Lander cashed in on its first goal in the 38th minute when Christina Barbour fired the ball in from short range on an assist from Jamie Shaw. A few minutes later, Shaw extended the lead to 2-0 on an assist from Hilary Ferguson in the 41st minute.
The Lady Bearcats out-shot Clayton State 14-4 for the game. Laker goalkeeper Laoise O’Driscoll recorded five saves, while her Lander counterpart Chelsea Beetch had three saves.
Clayton State is off all next week before traveling to Savannah on Saturday (Sept. 24) for a 3:30 p.m. showdown at Armstrong Atlantic.