GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- The No. 22 Texas A&M Commerce women’s soccer team (2-0) defeated Tusculum College (1-1) by a score of 1-0 on Sunday morning at Pioneer Field, netting an early goal and stopping several scoring chances by the Pioneers to notch its second shutout of the season.
Whitney Hancock of Texas A&M Commerce tallied the lone goal of the match, an unassisted strike early in the first half to give the Lions an early advantage. Tusculum came on strong in the second half, ending the match with an 11-9 edge in shots over the Lions. Commerce goalkeeper Taylor Jordan made five saves in the match to record her second consecutive clean sheet to open the season.
Commerce opened the scoring early in the 13th minute when senior defender Whitney Hancock won possession at the top of the Pioneer penalty area, and then sent a curling strike past the diving keeper into the back of the net for the eventual match-winner.
Tusculum had numerous scoring chances in the second half, outshooting the Lions 7-3 in the second 45 minutes. The Pioneers’ best scoring chance came in the late stages of the 85th minute when freshman Tramicka James (Wilson, N.C.) accepted a cross from Ashley Bradford (London, Ky.) inside the six-yard box, but was unable to find the net.
The Pioneers return to the pitch next Friday, Sep. 4 against No. 24 Tampa when they travel to Columbus, Ga. to take part in the Cougar Invitational.
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