MONTEVALLO, Ala. - The No. 22-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University women's soccer team notched its fourth shutout over the last six matches with a 3-0 Peach Belt Conference victory over Montevallo on Saturday afternoon in Montevallo, Ala.
With the win, the Pirates (10-2-1, 7-0 PBC) clinched a first-round home match in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference championships and remained atop the league standings, while Montevallo (4-10, 2-5 PBC) dropped its second straight match.
Armstrong got on the board early in the 13th minute as junior Kristina Pascutti brought a ball down in the box off her chest, sent in by freshman Mary Margaret Davis, and booted it past Montevallo keeper Alyssa Maxwell for the first goal of the match.
Davis then scored her second goal of the season in the 31st minute as she pounced on a failed clearance by Maxwell and scored an unassisted tally to give Armstrong a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
The second half saw the score remain 2-0 until very late, when junior Emily Cattanach stole the ball from a Montevallo defender in the 89th minute, dribbled 40 yards in and beat Maxwell one-on-one for her second goal of the season and the final 3-0 margin.
"Today wasn't our best performance," Armstrong head coach Eric Faulconer said. "But we will gladly take the three points on the road. Kristina Pascutti got off to a great start and freshman Tiger Davis turned in a very solid game with a goal and an assist. Our back line did a nice job limiting Montevallo to very few good looks on goal."
Armstrong held a 16-6 edge in shots for the match and junior keeper Meghan Mayville notched two saves in net for her fourth shutout of the season. Maxwell finished the match with six saves for the Falcons.
The Pirates held a 9-4 edge in corner kicks and Armstrong was whistled for 12 fouls and nine offsides, compared to 4 and 1, respectively, for Montevallo.
Armstrong returns to action on Wednesday, October 19, traveling to Milledgeville, Ga., for a key Peach Belt Conference matchup with Georgia College at 7:00 p.m.