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WOMEN'S SOCCER RALLIES TO BEAT TAMPA 3-2

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COLUMBUS, Ga. --- The Tusculum College women’s soccer team (2-1) overcame a two-goal rally against the University of Tampa (0-2-1) at the Cougar Invitational on Friday night, defeating the Spartans 3-2 to register the program’s first win against the 2007 national champions.

Tusculum got off to a quick start, recording the match’s first goal in the closing seconds of the second minute on Kayla Durden’s (Taylor Mill, Ky.) first collegiate goal, an unassisted strike that gave the Pioneers an early 1-0 advantage. Freshman Tramicka James (Wilson, N.C.) extended the lead to 2-0 early in the 14th minute with her second goal of the season, beating the keeper off a long pass from Michelle Meade (Greeneville, Tenn.).

After a pair of answering goals by Tampa’s Jazmin Perry and Saige Steinmetz in the following 12 minutes to pull even at 2-2, Tusculum sophomore Claire Duncan (Greeneville, Tenn.) scored what proved to be the match-winner, converting a 39th minute penalty kick to put the Pioneers up 3-2.

Tampa outshot the Pioneers 14-10 in the match, including a 5-2 edge in the second half. The Spartans also took seven corner kicks to Tusculum’s two. Pioneer freshman goalkeeper Rachael Jennings (Asheville, N.C.) made five saves to notch her second win of the season.

Tusculum returns to the pitch on Sunday when the Pioneers square off against host No. 7 Columbus State at 1:30 p.m.

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