It is not every game that a team has an opportunity to make a statement about what kind of program they are becoming. Today for the Lady Bears of Truett McConnell College was one of those times as they hosted Reinhardt College, a team receiving votes for the top 25 in the country.
At the start it looked like the Bears may have a long day after the Eagles had three shots in the first minute with one getting in for the first score of the day.
"We had a sloppy and nervous start today but we settled down and began to execute'" said head coach David McDowell. And the results were evident as the game went on. The Bears we able to score twice in the first half and went into the break ahead by a score of 2-1.
In the second half the Bears were able to push the score up to 3-1 and it looked like the game was well in hand. The Eagles however were not ready to fly away so easily and were able to score two goals late, one of which came in the last two minutes and regulation would end with a tie score of 3-3.
In the extra period both teams were aggressive, but the Eagles took things a little too far and committed a foul in the box setting up a penalty kick for the Bears. Joy Smith stepped up and drove home the winning goal.
"I felt we played very well as a team. The girls kept their shape and took chances well," McDowell said.
The Bears were led by senior Chalice Price who scored on a penalty kick from almost midfield. McDowell was very impressed with his captain's play on the day. "Chalice played a captain's game today and was involved in everything we did positively," he said. Hannah Eison led the Bears in scoring with 2 goals in the match. "Hannah Eison really stepped up today as well" said McDowell. "This was a great win for us today against a team that was receiving national votes."
The Lady Bears will be in action again on September 5 at home in Cleveland against Montreat College.