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Tramicka James had a goal and two assists against Concord (photo by Nathan Carver)Tramicka James had a goal and two assists against Concord (photo by Nathan Carver)

James' goal, two assists lift Tusculum over Concord, 3-1

Meade, Brown also tally as Pioneers tame Mountain Lions

Box Score

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tramicka James scored a goal and assisted on two others as Tusculum College defeated Concord University 3-1 in non-conference women's soccer action at a rainy Pioneer Field Wednesday afternoon.

Michelle Meade and Kim Brown also scored for the Pioneers (4-3-0), who controlled play against the Mountain Lions (1-5-0). Tusculum finished with a lopsided 26-4 edge in shots and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks in the match.

Meade and Brown scored first-half goals to give Tusculum a 2-0 lead at halftime, and James scored her team-high sixth of the year in the 79th minute from a sharp angle for a 3-0 advantage. Concord's Laura Smith spoiled the shutout bid with 9:57 left.

Concord took the first two shots of the match, but from there it was all Tusculum in the first half. After James hit the post with a header in the 10th minute, Meade cashed in on a pass from James for her second of the season at 25:15 and a 1-0 Tusculum lead.

Just before halftime, with the rain pelting the players and spectators, Brown gathered a pass from James and directed a shot at Concord keeper Kacey Hildebrand, who could not control the wet ball as it trickled under her and over the line for a 2-0 Pioneer lead.

Tusculum brought the play to Concord in the second half, taking the first 16 shots at the Mountain Lion net. Meade nearly headed home her second of the match in the 70th minute, but found the post. Finally, James connected at 78:24 from a wide angle as her shot hit the far post, caromed off Hildebrand and hit the post again before settling in the back of the net for her 34th career goal.

The Mountain Lions averted the whitewash with 9:57 to go as Smith collected a pass from Nicole Dirnagl on a two-on-one break and lofted a shot over Pioneer keeper Marissa Williams for her first career goal.

Hildebrand finished with seven saves in goal for the Mountain Lions, while Williams was credited with one stop, coming in the fourth minute.

The Pioneers will train for next Wednesday's South Atlantic Conference opener against visiting Brevard at 5 p.m. at Pioneer Field.

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