Ejection sparks four-goal outburst by Pirates
SAVANNAH, Ga. --- A controversial red card against Tusculum College set the stage for four unanswered goals by Armstrong Atlantic State, giving the 24th-ranked Pirates a 5-1 victory over the Pioneers Sunday afternoon in women's soccer action.
The Pioneers (3-3-0) played the Pirates (4-1-0) to a standstill over the first 52 minutes in a spirited battle between two solid Southeast Region programs, but it was the referee's whistle that had the greatest effect on the match's outcome.
With the score deadlocked at 1-1 in the 53rd minute, Tusculum keeper Sam Miller was sent off after it was ruled she knocked over an Armstrong forward while attempting to scoop up a loose ball. Regular goalie Marissa Williams was not in uniform due to illness, so Pioneer coach Mike Joy was forced to put defender Devan McIntyre in goal for the first time in her career.
Emily Cattanach converted the penalty kick to give Armstrong (5-1) a 2-1 lead, and Kristina Pascutti and Mary Margaret Davis added goals over the next five minutes to expand the Pirates' lead to 4-1. McIntyre turned in an admirable performance given the circumstances, making four saves as Armstrong piled up a 19-4 shot advantage in the second half and 28-8 for the game.
The Pirates piled on the offense in the final four minutes against the Pioneer reserves, cashing in with their fourth goal of the second half as Torie Scalera tallied with 3:23 left on the clock.
Tusculum had taken a 1-0 lead at 4:28 on an own goal, as strong pressure from the Pioneer forwards forced a clearing attempt by Armstrong to carom off the post and into the goal. Armstrong leveled the score at 17:58 on a goal by Kelli Bahr, and the teams carried the deadlock all the way to the 53rd minute.
Miller was strong in her first career start for the Pioneers, making five saves and allowing just one goal before her questionable ejection. Meghan Mayville played 75 minutes for the Pirates and made one save on eight Tusculum shot attempts.
The Pioneers will be back on their home pitch Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. with a non-conference match against Concord.
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