COLUMBUS, Ga. --- The Tusculum College women’s soccer team overcame an early one-goal deficit on Friday evening against Barry University, scoring two unanswered goals to defeat the Buccaneers 2-1 and notch its fourth consecutive victory. Tusculum is now 6-2 on the season while Barry falls to 3-4.
Barry outshot the Pioneers 9-6 in the match, including a 6-4 margin in the second half. Freshman goalkeeper Rachael Jennings (Asheville, N.C.) made five saves for the Pioneers to notch her sixth win of the season.
The match remained scoreless until late in the 32nd minute when Barry’s Brianni Lorenzo took a pass from Sarah Wolfer, and beat the keeper one on one to record the breakthrough and give the Bucs the 1-0 lead. Tusculum answered in the early moments of the 38th minute, netting the equalizer on Michelle Meade’s (Greeneville, Tenn.) first goal of the campaign, a brilliant strike that squeaked under the bar from 20 yards distance to send the match into the interval even at 1-1.
Tusculum carried the momentum into the second half, recording the go-ahead goal in the late stages of the 47th minute when Tramicka James (Wilson, N.C.) found Kayla Durden (Taylor Mill, Ky.) in perfect position for the finish to give TC a 2-1 advantage. The goal was Durden’s third of the season and first career match-winner. James notched her fifth assist of the season, and fourth helper of the week, to move into a tie with Meade for the team lead.
The Pioneers return to the pitch on Sunday when they take on Harding University in Columbus, Ga. at 10 a.m.
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