PAIR OF FRESHMAN FIRSTS PROPEL WOMEN'S SOCCER TO SEASON-OPENING SHUTOUTAugust 28, 2009
Box ScoreGREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Freshman forward Tramicka James (Wilson, N.C.) notched her first collegiate goal, and rookie goalkeeper Rachael Jennings (Asheville, N.C.) posted a clean sheet in her Pioneer debut to lead the Tusculum College womenís soccer team (1-0) to a 2-nil win over Davis & Elkins College (0-1) in its season opener on Friday night at Pioneer Field.
Jennings stepped in and made an immediate impact, stabilizing the Pioneer defense while making one save to notch her first collegiate win and record a shutout in her first career start. James took a match-high 10 attempts on goal, while Lisa Andriano (Toronto, Ontario) and Courtney Turner (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) each added a pair of shots in the match.
Amber Bradley (Kent, Wash.), Ashley Bradford (London, Ky.), and Michelle Meade (Greeneville, Tenn.) each recorded an assist in the match, while James and sophomore Patience Leonard (Greeneville, Tenn.) each found the back of the net to lead the Pioneers to a season-opening victory.
The Pioneers would control the run of play for much of the match, outshooting the Senators 18-9 in the match, including a 14-6 advantage in the second half. James provided the breakthrough in the initial moments of the 12th minute, accepting a lofted cross from Bradley and delivering a slicing strike inside the far post from the top of the area to give Tusculum an early 1-nil advantage, which it took into the interval.
The match remained 1-nil in favor of the Pioneers until midway through the 84th minute, when Tusculumís Bradford and Meade set up a fantastic finish by Leonard from 20 yards distance. The 5-8 midfielder delivered a sinking shot from just outside the area, which found its way over the outstretched keeper and into the far netting for her first goal of the season and a 2-nil Tusculum lead.
The Pioneers return to the pitch on Sunday when they host No. 23 Texas A&M Commerce at 11 a.m. in the third match of the Tusculum Soccer Classic at Pioneer Field.
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