Meade scored a career-high two goals to pace the Pioneers to victory.
WOMEN'S SOCCER RALLIES TO BEAT LINCOLN MEMORIAL 5-4 TO OPEN SAC PLAYSeptember 23, 2009
Box ScoreHARROGATE, Tenn. --- Greeneville High School products Michelle Meade (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Claire Duncan (Greeneville, Tenn.) each scored a pair of goals to lead the Tusculum College womenís soccer team to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Lincoln Memorial University in South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday afternoon.
The Pioneers (8-2, 1-0 SAC) edged the Railsplitters (4-3-2, 1-1 SAC) 21-17 in shots, including an 11-9 margin in the second half. Freshman goalkeeper Rachael Jennings (Asheville, N.C.) played the full 90 minutes for the Pioneers, making three saves. Sarah Thompson went the distance at goalkeeper for Lincoln Memorial in the match, stopping three attempts on goal.
Meade and Duncan each recorded their first career multi-goal match, as Robin Smith (Greenwood, S.C.) tallied a season-high two assists to pace the Pioneer attack. Freshman Kayla Durden (Taylor Mill, Ky.) also added a goal, her fourth of the season. Sarah Taylor led the way for Lincoln Memorial with two goals, while Becky Thompson and Leanne Reid each recorded a goal and an assist in the match.
The match remained scoreless until midway through the 26th minute when Lincoln Memorial Ďs Taylor found the back of the net off a long pass by Becky Thompson to give the Railsplitters an early 1-0 lead. Tusculum pulled back on terms in the closing moments of the 29th minute, when Meade swung a free kick on frame and beat the keeper for her second goal of the season. The Pioneers then claimed their first advantage of the match early in the 31st minute on Duncanís second goal of the season off a cross from Smith, giving TC a 2-1 lead.
Lincoln Memorial retook the lead at 3-2 with a pair of goals in the 41st and 44th minutes, as Taylor notched her second goal of the match to pull even before Becky Thompson beat the keeper with a well-struck chip shot for her ninth goal of the season to send the Railsplitters into the interval with a one-goal advantage.
Tusculum pulled even again early in the 59th minute when Duncan converted her second penalty kick of the season to bring the Pioneers back on terms at 3-3. Then, after Lincoln Memorial reclaimed the 4-3 lead on Reidís second goal of the campaign in the 73rd minute, Smith chipped it into the box for Durden who then found the back of the net for the equalizer early in the 82nd minute. Meade then recorded the first match-winner of her career midway through the 86th minute, beating a defender and delivering a brilliant strike into the corner from the top of the box to put the Pioneers up 5-4 and register the come-from-behind win to open TCís SAC schedule.
Tusculum returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Pioneers host Brevard College at 1 p.m. in conference action.
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