Double milestones part of dominant effort by Pioneers
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. --- Head coach Mike Joy and junior forward Tramicka James each reached milestones as Tusculum College defeated Carson-Newman College 3-0 in a South Atlantic Conference women's soccer match Wednesday night.
Joy earned his 200th victory as head coach of the Pioneers, and James became the third player in program history to reach 100 career points with a goal and an assist as Tusculum improved to 10-6-1 overall and 5-3-0 in the SAC. The Eagles dropped to 5-9-1 overall and 2-5-1 in conference play with the loss.
Joy, in his 15th season as head coach of the Pioneers, improved his record at Tusculum to 200-90-20. Including his five seasons at Midway College prior to coming to Greeneville in 1997, Joy has a 20-year coaching record of 286-115-25.
James reached the 100-point plateau with an assist on a goal by Kim Brown early in the second half, and added her conference-leading 15th goal of the season just under 10 minutes later to close out the scoring. In 59 career matches, James has 43 goals and 16 assists for 102 points.
The Pioneers outshot the Eagles 17-2 in the first half, but led just 1-0 when Amy Neltner put home her own rebound at 23:59 for her first goal of the season.
Tusculum extended its lead to 2-0 on the fifth goal of the season by Brown at 56:58, with James claiming the assist. At 66:29, James wrapped up the scoring by taking advantage of a misplay in the Carson-Newman defense for a breakaway goal.
Overall, the Pioneers finished with a season-high 30 shots against the Eagles while permitting just nine shots, and held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Marissa Williams made six saves for her sixth shutout of the season, while Sarah Tompkins was forced to make 16 stops in goal for the Eagles.
Tusculum will close out its regular season on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a SAC match at Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II poll.
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