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Tramicka James scored two goals in the victory (photo by Nathan Carver)Tramicka James scored two goals in the victory (photo by Nathan Carver)

Pioneers defeat Montevallo 3-2 in season opener

Tramicka James nets two goals in victory

Box Score

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tramicka James scored two goals to help Tusculum College to a 3-2 victory over the University of Montevallo in the opening game of the Tusculum Kickoff Tournament on a steamy Pioneer Field Friday afternoon.

James scored in the 20th and 51st minutes and Kim Brown added a goal in the 25th minute as the Pioneers won their home opener for the 14th time in head coach Mike Joy's 15-year tenure at Tusculum.

With her two goals, James moved into sole possession of fifth place on the Tusculum career scoring list with 30 goals, while her 72 career points are tied for sixth-best in Pioneer history.

James opened the scoring at 19:39 when she took a feed from Monica Perez and raced down the left side, then stopping and beating Falcon keeper Kaitlin Thomas for a 1-0 Pioneer lead.

Brown doubled the lead less than five minutes later on a brilliant individual effort. She corraled a pass from Kourtney Kavic along the right sideline, dribbled into the box past two Montevallo defenders, then fired a shot back toward the near post for a 2-0 Tusculum lead at 24:02.

Montevallo dented the scoreboard at 42:11 as Katy Hutto collected a through ball from Lyndsie Jacobs and put home a shot just inside the far post to trim the Tusculum advantage to 2-1 as the teams went to halftime.

A miscue in the Falcon defense gave the Pioneers a 3-1 lead. A ball played back toward new Falcon keeper Alyssa Maxwell was intercepted at the top of the box by James, and she had an uncontested open net for her second goal of the game at 50:27.

The Falcons again pulled within a goal at 68:03, as Asgerder Palsdottir scored from in close following a service by Taylor Kerr, but Montevallo did not have any further serious scoring opportunities.

Tusculum finished with a 10-9 advantage in shots while the Falcons held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

Freshman Marissa Williams made three saves in her collegiate debut to claim the win for Tusculum, while Thomas and Maxwell split the game in goal for Montevallo and each tallied two saves.

The Pioneers will battle 16th-ranked Columbus State on Sunday at noon in the final day of the Tusculum Kickoff Tournament at Pioneer Field.

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