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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. --- Freshman forward Tramicka James (Wilson, N.C.) scored two goals and the Tusculum College womenís soccer team withstood a furious three-goal rally by Lynn University to notch a 5-4 win over the Fighting Knights at the Little Feet Invitational on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Pioneers improve to 4-2 on the season while Lynn falls to 3-3.

Lynn outshot the Pioneers 22-14 in the match, including a 13-8 margin in the second half. Freshman Rachael Jennings (Asheville, N.C.) made four saves in the match to earn the win for the Pioneers, while Natalie Feller and Kelsey Butler combined to stop five attempts on goal for Lynn.

James led the way for the Pioneers with her team-leading third and fourth goals of the season, one in each half. Courtney Turner (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) and Michelle Meade (Greeneville, Tenn.) were each credited with two assists on the afternoon, including Meadeís team-leading fourth helper of the campaign. Kourtney Kavic (Oakville, Ontario), Ashley Bradford (London, Ky.) and Robin Smith (Greenwood, S.C.) each added a goal in the match for the Pioneers.

The match remained scoreless until the early moments of the 25th minute, when Tusculumís Kavic broke the scoreless tie with her second goal of the season, a driven strike into the back of the net off a cross from Meade to give TC the 1-0 advantage. Tusculum extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the 32nd minute when Smith found the back of the net for the first time as a Pioneer, taking a cross from Turner and beating the keeper to double the Pioneer advantage.

Lynn cut the lead in half late in the 37th minute on Melissa Ortizís fourth goal of the season, a well-placed strike into the open net after she beat the keeper to pull the Knights within a goal at 2-1. Tusculum would reclaim the two-goal advantage late in the first half on Jamesí third tally of the season, an unassisted strike late in the 44th minute to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead heading into the interval.

James found the back of the net for the second time midway through the 53rd minute, recording the first multi-goal match of her career off a blocked shot by Meade, putting the Pioneers up 4-1 early in the second half. Tusculum then extended the lead to 5-1 early in the 57th minute on Bradfordís second goal of the season, a brilliant strike from 45 yards out off a pass by Turner.

Tusculum held the four-goal lead until the 80th minute, when Lynnís Tessa Craver started the rally with her first goal of the season, a well-placed header into the back of the net off a cross from Feller to cut the lead to 5-2. Ortiz and Mindy DeCara would add a pair of late goals to bring the Knights within one goal at 5-4 but the Pioneers held on for the one-goal win.

Tusculum returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Pioneers host Pfeiffer University at Pioneer Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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