GAFFNEY, S.C. --- The Limestone College women's soccer team scored twice in the first half, and held off a furious rally by Lees-McRae College en route to a 2-0 win in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday afternoon.
Lees-McRae (12-3-1, 11-1 CC) controlled the run of play for much of the match, outshooting Limestone (11-5, 8-3 CC) by a 12-8 margin as each side put five attempts on frame. The Bobcats also held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks, as the Saints snapped LMC's 13-match unbeaten streak and denied the Bobcats an unblemished record in conference play.
Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.), Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.), Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) each tallied two shots for the Bobcats, while freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) made three saves between the pipes.
Ashley Alderin-Fleagle and Gabriella Reid each found the back of the net for Limestone, as Alderin-Fleagle tallied her nation-leading 18th goal of the season. Vanessa Jarrett and Tillman Fennell each added an assist, as Kristin Alderin-Fleagle recorded five saves to keep the clean sheet.
Ashley Alderin-Fleagle broke the deadlock just before the 13-minute mark, collecting a loose ball in the back and beating the keeper to give Limestone an early 1-0 advantage. Reid doubled the advantage to 2-0 in the 42nd minute, taking a well-timed back heal pass from Fennell following a cross from Jarrett, and slotting the finish into the bottom corner to send the Saints into the interval with a two-goal lead.
The Bobcats came out firing in the second half, outshooting the Saints by a 7-3 margin in the final 45 minutes as the Limestone back line held Lees-McRae off the scoreboard for the duration of the period. Perhaps Lees-McRae's best scoring chance came in the 72nd minute, when MaryBeth Sullivan's (Greensboro, N.C.) finishing effort found the keeper's hands after the sophomore forward was left all alone in front of goal.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Mars Hill, N.C. to take on Mars Hill College in their regular season finale. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m.
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