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Jana Linke scores the game-winner against Mars Hill (photo by Nathan Carver)Jana Linke scores the game-winner against Mars Hill (photo by Nathan Carver)

Second-half goal lifts Pioneers to fourth straight win, 2-1 over Mars Hill

Jana Linke nets winner in 53rd minute

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Jana Linke converted a turnover into the game-winning goal early in the seocnd half as Tusculum College picked up its fourth straight victory with a 2-1 win over Mars Hill College in a South Atlantic Conference women's soccer match Wednesday evening at Pioneer Field.

Linke's third goal of the season came at 52:56 and helped the Pioneers remain unbeaten in the SAC at 3-0-0 (7-3-0 overall). The Lions, who were outshot 18-7 in the contest, dropped to 6-5-1 overall and 2-3 in the SAC with the loss.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead at 16:12 on a goal by Cara Woolford, but reigning SAC Player of the Week Tramicka James knotted the score at 31:13 as she took a feed from Patience Leonard and fired home her league-best 10th goal of the season.

Tusculum outshot Mars Hill 8-2 in the first half, and mounted early pressure in the second half that culminated in Linke's goal, which came from 20 yards out and beat Lions keeper Chelsea Parker to the far post.

Mars Hill had a couple late efforts at the Tusculum goal, but Pioneer keeper Marissa Williams was not seriously tested as she made both of her saves in the match in the final eight minutes. Parker finished with six stops for the Lions.

The Pioneers will play their next four matches away from Greeneville, beginning Saturday with a 2 p.m. match at King.

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