RALEIGH, N.C. – The Mary Baldwin University women's soccer team dropped a 6-2 USA South contest with William Peace at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday.
The Fighting Squirrels fall to 3-6 on the year and open conference play with an 0-1 record. Meanwhile, the Pacers move to 4-4-1 overall and start league play at 1-0.
The first goal of the contest was in favor of WPU as an own goal by MBU put the Pacers in front, 1-0, in the 12th minute. Seven minutes later, Lillian Bates scored on a corner kick from Raine Greene to double the lead at 2-0. The Fighting Squirrels cut the deficit in half at the 36:42 mark as Makayla Taylor scored on a shot from about 20 yards out as MBU trailed 2-1 at the recess.
In the second half, Greene tallied her second goal of the day in the 55th minute, which eventually proved to be the game-winning goal, as the Pacers took a 3-1 lead. Albani Smithers recorded her first goal of the season to bring MBU within one, but the Pacers scored three unanswered goals in the last 13 minutes to prevail 6-2.
William Peace outshot Mary Baldwin 26-13, including 21 shots in just the second half. WPU also held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Anyka Wilkin pushed aside nine shots in goal, while Kasey Wilkins and Abigail Mosteller each played 45 minutes and combined for five saves.
The Fighting Squirrels return to action for Family Weekend on Oct. 5 against N.C. Wesleyan at SMA Worth Field. First touch is scheduled for 12 pm.