MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Mount Olive goalkeeper Jenn Sastre recorded a career-high 10 saves, but the Trojans had their seven-match unbeaten streak snapped, falling to Tusculum 5-0 in non-conference women’s soccer Sunday at Amon Field. Danielle Tanner and Jere Whitbread scored two goals apiece for Tusculum, while Courtney Turner added a goal and an assist.
Sastre recorded nine saves in the first half, including a kick save on an eight-yard shot attempt as Mount Olive (7-7-3) stayed within a goal through the first 23 minutes. Tusculum (11-5-0) then broke the game open with two goals in a span of just under five minutes.
Tusculum got on the scoreboard at the 3:35 mark when Nicole Ferris played a ball from the back and Turner flicked the ball ahead to Tanner from the midfield line. Tanner dribbled inside the attacking third and scored from 20 yards out.
The Pioneers added a goal at 23:11 as Ashley Steinle’s service from midfield set up Whitbred on a breakaway. Sastre deflected a shot by Elisha Robertson at the 28:04 mark, but Turner put home the loose ball from in front of the goal to give Tusculum a 3-0 halftime lead.
Mount Olive pressured early in the second half and had a scoring opportunity in the second minute after intermission on a cross by Kate Painter. But a Tusculum defender was able to clear the ball out before the Trojans could take a shot.
Tanner got her second goal of the match in the 55th minute on a one-touch from 10 yards out off a cross from Amber Bradley to extend Tusculum’s lead to 4-0. The Pioneers closed out the scoring in the 69th minute as Whitbred carried the ball to the right corner and played a difficult angle to put the ball in the upper 90.
Tusculum hosts Wingate Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a South Atlantic Conference match-up.