NEWLAND, N.C. --- The Tusculum College women's soccer team overcame a 26-5 shot margin, and took advantage of limited offensive opportunities en route to a 3-0 win over Lees-McRae College on Wednesday night at Avery High School.
Lees-McRae (0-2) controlled the run of play for virtually the entire match, outshooting the Pioneers (2-1) by a 14-0 margin in the first 44 minutes before Tusculum's Jana Linke broke the deadlock just nine seconds before the interval, finding the back of the net on a free kick from 35 yards distance to send TC into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers maintained the narrow margin until midway through the 67th minute, when Tramicka James took advantage of a Bobcat miscue in the defensive third before slotting the finish into the back of the net under the keeper's hands. The Bobcats continued to battle down the stretch, making seven attempts at goal over the final 20 minutes.
James capped the night's scoring with less than a minute remaining in the match, taking possession of a Lees-McRae giveaway and delivering a strong finish into the bottom corner to equal the final margin of 3-0.
Tusculum's Marissa Williams kept a clean sheet with 14 saves on the night, while Alicia Pierson (Brookville, Fla.) and Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) combined for one save for Lees-McRae. Sophomore MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) and senior Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) paced the Bobcats with nine and six shots, respectively.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats host St. Andrews Presbyterian College to open their Conference Carolinas season. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Tate Field.
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