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Tusculum edged in double overtime by Nova Southeastern, 4-3

James, Brown and Linke score goals for Pioneers

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. --- Sierra Lelii scored the game-winning goal 2:20 into double overtime as Nova Southeastern outscored Tusculum 4-3 in action at the Bobcat Shootout women's soccer tournament at Georgia College Friday afternoon.

Lelii's goal capped a match that saw the Sharks (2-0-0) outshoot the Pioneers (2-2-0) by a 28-15 margin, only to see Tusculum keeper Marissa Williams record 14 saves for the second consecutive match.

Tusculum erased deficits of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 to force overtime, with Tramicka James' fifth goal of the season with 13:26 remaining knotting the contest at 3-3. Jana Linke and Kim Brown scored first-half goals for the Pioneers as the teams combined for four goals in the first 21 minutes.

Malin Broberg scored two goals for the Sharks, while Andi Burchfield assisted on a pair of goals including the game-winner by Lelii.

Shanoska Young gave Nova Southeastern a 1-0 lead at 5:36 as she buried a cross on the second try. Linke answered just 1:09 later with her second goal of the season on a 40-yard blast, but Broberg restored the lead for the Sharks as she headed home a cross by Burchfield at 15:17.

Tusculum netted the equalizer at 20:39 as a shot by James rebounded to Brown, who fired home her second goal of the season to tie the match at 2-2. The contest remained scoreless for the next 40 minutes before Broberg scored her second of the game at 60:01 on a 25-yard blast for a 3-2 Nova Southeastern lead.

The Pioneers leveled the score one more time at 76:34 as James gathered a pass down the middle from Nikki Arthur and slotted a shot to the right of Sharks keeper Chrissy Ny for her fifth goal in four matches this season. The goal was the 33rd of James' career, moving her into sole possession of third place on the Pioneer career goal list as well as into fourth place on the career points list with 79.

In addition to their 28-15 edge in shots, the Sharks had a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks while the Pioneers were called for nine fouls to eight by Nova Southeastern.

With her 14 saves, Williams became the first Tusculum goalkeeper to record 14 or more saves in a match twice in a career - a feat she has accomplished in back-to-back matches. She has made 41 stops in the Pioneers' first four matches for a stellar .837 save percentage.

Tusculum will conclude play at the Bobcat Shootout on Sunday by facing host Georgia College at 1:30 p.m.

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