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COLUMBUS, Ga. – The defending NCAA II national champion Tampa Spartans rallied past the Tusculum women's soccer team on Sunday, scoring three goals in the second half to post a 4-2 victory. With the win, sixth-ranked Tampa improves to 2-2 on the season while the Pioneers fall to 1-3.

The Pioneers opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Nicole Ferris swung a corner kick into the area, finding Courtney Turner to put the black and orange up 1-0 with her first goal of the season. Maria Mohammed then brought the Spartans back on terms less than a minute later, accepting a feed from Lauren Hammond and burying it in the back of the net to tie the match at 1-1.

Kelly Barron regained the lead for the Pioneers with her third goal of the season in the 36th minute when Michelle Meade fed a brilliant through ball past the Spartan defense, putting the senior forward in perfect position to deliver the go-ahead strike and put the Pioneers up 2-1 heading into the break.

Tampa wasted little time in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring twice in the 49th minute to take the lead for the first time in the match as Mohammed scored her second of the match after a pass from Shelby Kuni, and freshman Brittan Spence found the back of the net off a cross from Jazmin Perry. Kuni extended the advantage to 4-2 in the 59th minute, heading in a curling corner kick from Evans for her first goal of the season.

The Spartans outshot the Pioneers 20-9 in the match as Barron led the way for TC with three shots. Megan Kurtz came off the bench in goal for the Pioneers, making four saves. Ferris added her third assist of the campaign, while freshman midfielder Meade tallied her second helper of the season.

Tusculum returns to the pitch on Friday, Sept. 12 when it hosts Columbus State University at Pioneer Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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