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Pioneers down Georgia College 1-0 on Meade's second-half goal

Marissa Williams makes 12 saves for second shutout of season

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. --- Michelle Meade's goal with 16:52 left in the second half gave Tusculum College a 1-0 victory at Georgia College at the Bobcat Shootout on Sunday afternoon.

Meade's tally came on a shot from 35 yards out, and freshman goalkeeper Marissa Williams came through with 12 saves for her second shutout of the season for the Pioneers (3-2-0).

Williams has been busy but effective in her first five matches at the collegiate level, amassing 53 saves while conceding just eight goals for a sparkling .869 save percentage.

The Bobcats (1-3-0) piled up a 17-4 advantage in shots in the first half but were turned away time and again by Williams, who made nine saves in the opening 45 minutes. The Pioneers gained equilibrium in the second half, outshooting the Bobcats 10-9 to cut the shot deficit to 26-14 at the final whistle.

Following the goal by Meade, Georgia College had several scoring opportunities, but Williams made two saves and a shot by the Bobcats' Abby Dalton ricocheted off the crossbar with 6:35 left. Dalton was unlucky in the match for Georgia College, having a shot cleared off the line by the defense in the first half and hitting the post early in the second half.

Georgia College finished with a slim 3-2 edge in corner kicks over Tusculum, and was called to 12 fouls to eight by the Pioneers. Annie Stephens played all 90 minutes in goal for the Bobcats, making six saves.

Tusculum will be back on the pitch next Sunday at Armstrong Atlantic State beginning at 2 p.m. in Savannah, Ga.

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