Three Second-Half Goals Lift Tusculum Past TrojansSeptember 22, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – In a battle between two regionally-ranked teams, Tusculum outpaced Anderson, 3-0, in South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer action Saturday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.
Anderson (4-3-1, 2-1 SAC), which is ranked 10th in the Southeast Region, had its two-match win streak snapped and suffered its first home setback of the season, while Tusculum (6-1-1, 2-0 SAC), ranked sixth in the region, earned its first road win of the campaign and has not lost since the second match of the season.
The Pioneers entered the contest looking to avenge a pair of setbacks suffered at the hands of the Trojans a year ago, as AU defeated Tusculum 1-0 in overtime during the regular season, then slipped past the Pioneers in a shootout in the SAC Tournament quarterfinals.
The contest featured a pair of stellar defensive teams, with Anderson having recorded five clean sheets and given up just four goals on the season entering the contest, while TC had posted four shutouts and surrendered just five goals.
After a scoreless first half, the Pioneers struck for the first goal of the day in the 56th minute, as sophomore Jana Linke scored her second goal of the season moments after Tusculum’s third corner kick of the contest was knocked around in front of the Trojan net.
Freshman Gabrielle Whitt added an insurance goal for the Pioneers in the 78th minute and freshman Taylor Lewis set the final score at the 79:42 mark when she got behind the Trojan defense and managed to find an open net.
Anderson keeper Kaitlyn Neipp recorded four saves on the afternoon, while suffering the loss. TC’s Marissa Williams earned the win while going the distance for the Pioneers and notching five saves.
Tusculum out-shot AU, 10-7, and posted a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Anderson has a week off before opening a two-match road swing at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. Kick-off versus the Railsplitters is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.