Winthrop put an end to a four-game slide with a 3-0 women's soccer win over the Presbyterian Blue Hose at Eagle Field on Saturday.
The goals snapped a stretch of four games without one. The win was a much-needed shot of adrenaline. The team had dropped four in a row, including the first three Big South Conference matches of the year.
Winthrop is now 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The Blue Hose fell to 3-8-1 and 1-3-1.
The Eagles are putting the losses behind them. The new goal is to turn an 0-3 start in the Big South into a 6-3 finish.
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"It definitely feels good to win again. No one wants to start 0-3 in the conference," senior Erin Foote said. She scored one goal and assisted on another in the game.
She said the team hasn't been down on itself.
"It was just a matter of getting the first goal. Then they started pouring in," she said. "The team is good about keeping each other up."
The three goals matched the Eagles' season high. They scored three times against Tennessee Tech on Aug. 29.
The first goal came from Ann Lutzenkirchen in the 37th minute. She got a pass from Christine Isabella and rifled a shot into the net from 25 yards. The goal was the Eagles' first since Sept. 21 against Austin Peay.
Lutzenkirchen, a freshman from Marietta, Ga., now leads the team with three goals and six points on the season.
"It was great to score after not being able for so long. But as a coach, the relief comes when the game's over," Winthrop coach Melissa Heinz said.
Winthrop's defense held PC to just a single shot in the game. Winthrop fired 19 times. The defense was bolstered by the return of Stevie Lucas, who missed some time with a concussion suffered in practice.
"Tonight set a new tone for us," senior defender Kristen Lee said. "We got our sweeper (Lucas) back. We are strong in the back when she's there. It's really good to have her in the lineup.
"We knew the win was coming. It's good to get the losses out of the way early."
Winthrop scored just as the second half began.
Rachel Webster passed into the box from the right side. Presbyterian goalkeeper Abby Young came out to intercept but mishandled the ball. Foote pounced on the deflection and promptly placed it in the left corner to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. The goal was Foote's second of the season.
The final goal came in the 63rd minute, the result of near-perfect passing.
Kathleen Pollard found Foote with a leading pass into the box. Foote dumped a pass off to freshman Courtney Durbin for a tap-in goal, her second of the year.
"We needed this game," Heinz said. "Tonight we got one. We need five more to go 6-3 in the conference."
• VOLLEYBALL -- The Winthrop volleyball team dropped its second straight match late Friday as it fell to High Point 3-1.
The Eagles (5-12, 2-3) lost to the first-place Panthers (17-3, 6-0) 18-25, 14-25, 25-22 and 14-25.
Winthrop was led offensively by senior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann, who had 14 kills, 7 digs and two total blocks.