The Oglethorpe women's soccer team got back on the winning track Wednesday at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, knocking off the visiting Talladega Tornadoes 5-0 to improve to 8-2 on the season. The Stormy Petrels got a hat trick from junior forward Medina Besic and three points from freshman forward Meagan Thacker in the victory and tallied their eighth win of a season for the first time since 2010.
The Petrels got off to an early start, tallying their first goal in the fourth minute. A Talladega back-pass was handled by the goalkeeper, resulting in an indirect free kick from inside the penalty area for the Petrels. Thacker touched the ball to Besic, who blasted it into the roof of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Besic followed up in the 26th minute, doubling her tally and the Oglethorpe advantage. The Tornado goalkeeper seemed to have snatched an Oglethorpe cross from the right side, but she spilled it in the box and Besic was there to smash home the loose change and give her team a 2-0 advantage.
Senior forward Kayla Trice joined the party in the 29th minute, as she took an excellent ball from freshman midfielder Kieran Burkey and beat the Talladega goalkeeper with a low shot. That gave her team a 3-0 advantage headed into the halftime break.
The Tornadoes applied some pressure to the Oglethorpe defense early in the second half, getting off four shots and seeing one huge scoring opportunity get saved off the post by Oglethorpe junior goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas.
However, Oglethorpe started reasserting themselves in the 67th minute, as Besic got back on the board for her third of the game and her eighth of the season when she received a pass from freshman defender Marissa Romaine and one-timed the ball into the back of the net.
The Petrels added a fifth for good measure in the 71st minute, as freshman midfielder Sarah Berg passed it to Thacker at the top of the box and the Oglethorpe forward fired a shot past the Talladega goalkeeper for the final marker.
Oglethorpe outshot Talladega 30-6 over the course of the game which included an 11-2 mark in shots on goal.
The Petrels will now get back to SAA play and will next be in action Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. from Sewanee, Tennessee. They'll take on the homestanding Sewanee Tigers in that one before returning home for two games the following weekend.