PEMBROKE — The Scotland girls soccer team opened its Southeastern Conference slate with a road victory at Purnell Swett Wednesday night, and in the process the Scots handed the Rams their first defeat of the season.
The Scots and Rams were knotted at 2-all at halftime, but a second-half penalty kick from Emma Gray Beacham helped lift Scotland to a 3-2 victory.
“The girls definitely lit the fire in the second half and kicked into high gear,” said Scotland head coach Abbi Giaier after the win.
“I was impressed with their change in pace and their ability to fight until the end to get the W.”
Scotland (2-4, 1-0 SEC) got a pair of first-half goals from Beacham and Mylasia Pratt, but Purnell Swett (4-1-1, 0-1) answered with two goals of its own from Maddison Oxendine and Bethany Hunt.
However, Beacham notched the eventual game-winner in the second half after Breonne Johnson drew a foul. The steady junior took advantage of the Rams’ mistake and knocked in the ensuing penalty shot.
Giaier mentioned Marlee Mercer, Megan Davis, Kaitlin Lewis and Beatrice Eddy, among others, as players that had standout performances for the Scots, who return to the pitch today for their second game in as many days and third contest this week.
Scotland will host Whiteville and the varsity game is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m.