Pioneers fall in final day of Tusculum Kickoff Tournament
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Stephanie Lowery scored a pair of goals to lead the 16th-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over Tusculum College Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Field. The match was part of the 2011 Tusculum Kickoff Tournament.
The Cougars (1-0-1) jumped out of the gate 2:23 into the match when Lowery blasted a shot inside the far post from 15 yards away to put the visitors up by a goal.
Tusculum (1-1) notched the equalizer just before halftime when sophomore Colleen Moloney came off the bench and headed in her first collegiate goal, thanks to the corner kick off the boot of senior Michelle Meade at the 42:15 mark of the period.
The match would remain level until the 53rd minute when Lowery completed the brace with a goal off a rebound from her own shot from close range. The scoring play started when Ashton Ziadie shot from just inside the box, which was saved by freshman keeper Marissa Williams. Lowery gathered in the rebound, but her ensuing shot was also stopped by the rookie net-minder. But the rebound was too far away for Williams to gather in and Lowery finished the scoring play with the winning goal.
Columbus State out-shot the Pioneers by a 19-10 margin, including 14-2 in the second half.
CSU keeper Mary Mancin picked up the victory as he tallied three saves, while Williams also went the distance and recorded 10 saves in the loss.
Tusculum returns to the pitch on Wednesday night as the Pioneers travel to Lees-McRae College for a 7 p.m. regional match in Banner Elk, N.C.
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