DECATUR, Ga.—Needing a win to clinch a spot in the USA South Women's Soccer Tournament for the fourth consecutive year, Agnes Scott's offense came alive in a big way in a 6-2 triumph over visiting Berea College. First-year Myah Johnson (Pepperell, Mass.) scored Agnes' first three goals, while senior Indiana Ravenhill (Napa, Calif.) capped off a stellar four-year career with her first collegiate goal in front of the home crowd.
The Scotties ended a five-match losing streak with the victory and clinched a spot in next week's tournament after sweeping the bottom three teams in the table this fall. Agnes Scott improved to 5-10 overall and 3-5 in conference play, just one year after only taking home one conference win.
Johnson got the Scotties on the board first with a penalty kick finish that fooled the keeper.
The Scotties looked to add to their lead, but several chances went just wide of the mark. Agnes' consistent pressure gave the potential for counters the other way and Berea finally took advantage of an opportunity in the 36th minute.
Madilyn Hord got by a defender down the right side and sent a perfect ball to the middle of the 18 where Abigail Hansford met it with a quick finish past the approaching Victoria Cruz (Duncanville, Texas)
The Scotties did not dwell on the lapse for long as Johnson took matters into her own hands, dribbling through five Berea defenders before launching a perfect curling ball Jade Fulkerson in the 38th minute.
Agnes Scott held that lead at halftime with a solid 16-6 shot advantage.
Johnson's effect on the game was obvious and her consistent pressure up top gave a gassed Berea defense fits for the entirety of her playing time. The striker scored the eventual game-winning goal just two minutes into halftime after beating a defender in a one-on-one matchup and sneaking a crafty ball just inside the low post to the left side for a 3-1 lead.
Berea did not go down without a fight, slicing back into the Agnes Scott lead just two minutes later when Bailee Vanover finished off a loose ball.
However, Agnes Scott put the offense into hyperdrive over the next five minutes, scoring twice on perfect finishes from Coates and Val'Dazia Todd (Warner Robins, Ga.) to make it a 5-2 game in a hurry.
The Scottie defense settled down after the offense put enough distance between the two sides, keeping the Mountaineers out of the goal for the remainder.
Ravenhill poked home the final goal of the match on a nifty one-timer off a failed clear by the Berea defense. The shot hit just underneath the crossbar before settling into the left pocket for the four-goal lead.
The Scotties finished with a 30-16 advantage in shots attempted and 5-3 in corner kicks.
Johnson's outburst gave her a second hat-trick of the season and placed her fifth in goals at the end of the regular season with nine this year.
The Scotties will await their playoff seeding and schedule which will be announced by the USA South Conference later this weekend.