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TUSCULUM USES STELLAR DEFENSE, PIONEERS BEAT CSU 1-0

Tori HadjopoulosCOLUMBUS, Ga. --- This much anticipated region match-up lived up to its billing Friday night as Tusculum blanked host Columbus State 1-0 in the night-cap of day one action of the Lady Cougar Classic.

The match, slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., was delayed numerous times due to rain and lightning in the area. The contest, pairing two teams that advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament a year ago started at 9:45 p.m. and ended just before midnight.

Pioneer goalkeeper Tori Hadjopoulos was stellar between the pipes as she posted her second shutout of the season as she faced 31 shots on the night, while recording 14 saves.

The only scoring in the contest came at the 37:02 mark as Ally Mathews got a feed from Melanie Webb inside the right side of the box and hammered it past CSU goalkeeper Monica Sanchez for the eventual match-winner.

CSU (1-2), especially in the last 20 minutes of the contest, had the ball on Tusculum's side of the field, but the Pioneers hung tough and eventually kicked the ball out past mid-field with under a minute to play to seal the victory.

Tusculum will face fourth-ranked Tampa (3-0) on Sunday in a rematch of last year's national quarterfinal. The contest will take place at 11 a.m. on the CSU campus to wrap up the final day of the Lady Cougar Invitational.
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