Frizen, O'Brien notch goals; Scots knock off Piedmont, 2-0

Frizen, O'Brien notch goals; Scots knock off Piedmont, 2-0

Maryville College Women's Soccer moved to 2-0 on the young season, as the Scots defeated Piedmont College on Saturday night, 2-0.

MC managed a pair of second-half goals to secure the USA South victory and remain in the driving seat within the West Division.

"We played a great game against another great team," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "Our women were fantastic. They played with passion and skill. It was an excellent team effort with many players playing well."

The Scots and the Lions played to a 0-0 halftime score, as Maryville outshot the conference foes, 11-1. Piedmont keeper Miranda McNalley turned away the only shot on goal from the first half to preserve the scoreless 45 minutes.

In the second half, however, the Scots found a way.

Lexie Hill found Taylor Frizen with a cross into the box, as Frizen collected it up top. She put it into the lower left corner past a diving McNalley. Maryville led 1-0 at the 53:27 mark.

In the 81st minute, MC would strike again. Katie O'Brien notched her first collegiate goal with an unassisted score in the lower right of the net.

Those two goals were enough, as the Scots' defensive effort kept the Lions away from the goal. Maggie Wilson, Lexi Reeves, Ellie Smith, Jenna Clothier and Alyssa Kral each helped to keep Piedmont at bay, as the Lions did not have a single shot on frame in the 90 minutes.

MC's Abbey Coleman earned the win in net to move to 2-0 on the year, as the Scots outshot Piedmont, 16-6.

Maryville was led by Frizen who scored on her only shot attempt of the night, while O'Brien scored with two shots. Hill added the match's only assist, as Hailey Cartt posted four shots for MC. Clothier had two shots to Megan Eiselstein, as the trio contributed each of MC's other three shots on frame.

Piedmont's six-shot attack was spread across six different Lions.

Maryville will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The Scots travel to Rome, Ga. to face Berry College with a 7:00 p.m. first touch.