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Michelle Meade (left) heads home her second goal of the night in win over Milligan (photo by Nathan Carver)Michelle Meade (left) heads home her second goal of the night in win over Milligan (photo by Nathan Carver)

Women's Soccer uses strong second half in 7-1 victory over Milligan

Courtney Turner, Michelle Meade each record a brace in TC win

Box Score

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Courtney Turner and Michelle Meade each recorded two goals to lead the Tusculum College women’s soccer team to a 7-1 victory over visiting Milligan College Friday night at Pioneer Field.

Tusculum (1-2) exploded for six, second-half goals as the Pioneers out-shot the Lady Buffaloes (1-2-1) by a 41-7 margin, including 27-4 in the second half.

The Pioneers got on the board at the 5:23 mark as Patience Leonard’s blast bounced off the near post and was knocked in by Turner from 10 yards out.  Tusculum dominated possession in the opening period, out-gunning Milligan by a 14-3 margin, but MC keeper Heather Crumplen was up to the task early, posting three of her 10 saves in the opening half.

It was a physical opening period that saw 13 combined fouls, including three yellow cards and a red card issued to Milligan’s Hannah Kellogg in the 40th minute, leaving the Lady Buffaloes a player down.

The Pioneers capitalized out of the locker room with Meade knocking home back-to-back goals.  The first goal came in the 50th minute when Meade knocked home a pass from Leonard for a 2-0 TC lead.  Meade’s completed the brace three minutes later on a header on a crossing pass by Tramicka James.

James would get knock in a goal herself as she converted a turnover in the penalty box and blasted in a shot from 11 yards out at the 63:28 mark.

Turner scored her second goal of the night on a 25-yard shot that cleared the out-stretched hands of the Milligan keeper in the 68th minute.

TC’s Amber Bradley blasted a shot from the left side, which was blocked back to her, setting up her first goal of the season.  The goal was assisted by Colleen Moloney.

TC’s Kim Brown closed out the scoring for the Pioneers with her first goal in a Tusculum uniform.  That goal came in the 78th minute and was assisted by Devan McIntyre and Katie Dargavell.

Milligan’s Erin Brewer broke up the shutout with just over two minutes remaining as he gathered in a Tusculum turnover and knocked home a shot inside the far post from 18 yards away.

Crumplen accounted for 13 saves in the match for Milligan, while the TC keeper duo of Rachael Jennings and Kelsey Cunningham posted two saves each in the Pioneer victory.

Tusculum will host Armstrong Atlantic State University for a 2 p.m. match this Monday afternoon at Pioneer Field.

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