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Leonard notched the first match-winner of her career late in the first half.Leonard notched the first match-winner of her career late in the first half.

WOMEN'S SOCCER EDGES HARDING 2-1 FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

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COLUMBUS, Ga. --- The Tusculum College womenís soccer team scored twice in the first half, and weathered a late run by Harding University on Sunday morning to register a 2-1 victory over the Bison and extend its winning streak to five matches. With the win, Tusculum improves to 7-2 on the season while Harding falls to 1-5-1.

Tusculum controlled the run of play for much of the match, outshooting the Bison 15-4 in the contest, including a 9-1 margin in the first half. Freshman Marjaana Kaaresvirta (Turka, Finland) allowed a late goal and made one save to earn the win in her collegiate debut, as Hardingís Hannah Douglas stopped seven attempts on goal for the Bison.

Junior Courtney Turner (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) tied a season-high with two assists in the match, and sophomore Patience Leonard (Greeneville, Tenn.) scored her first career match-winner to pace the Pioneers. Cassy Melnike (Toronto, Ontario) notched Tusculumís first goal of the match midway through the first half, finding the back of the net for the first time this season.

The match remained scoreless until midway through the 34th minute, when Turner swung a corner into the area and found Melnike for the finish to give Tusculum the breakthrough and the 1-0 advantage. Tusculum extended the lead to 2-0 in the closing moments of the 40th minute on Leonardís second goal of the season off a Turner corner to take a two-goal advantage into the interval.

Tusculum held the Bison scoreless until midway through the 86th minute when Hardingís Paola Eusse swung a cross into a streaking Minnie Guzman, putting the senior midfielder in perfect position to beat the defense and cut the Pioneer advantage to 2-1.

The Pioneers return to the pitch on Wednesday when they travel to Harrogate, Tenn. for a 2 p.m. match against Lincoln Memorial University to open their South Atlantic Conference schedule.

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