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Danielle TannerMARS HILL, N.C. – The Tusculum College women’s soccer team rebounded from a pair of South Atlantic Conference losses last week with a 4-1 victory over SAC opponent Mars Hill College on Tuesday night behind a five-point performance by Danielle Tanner. The Pioneers improve to 6-5-1 on the season with a 3-2 mark in the SAC, while Mars Hill falls to 5-6-3 overall and 0-4 in league play.

Senior forward Kelly Barron gave Tusculum the early lead 19 seconds into the match after a cross from Amber Bradley. The goal was Barron’s 11th of the season and gave her 24 points on the season. The Pioneers took the narrow 1-0 advantage into the break, before Bradley extended the lead to 2-0 with her second off the season in the 58th minute off a cross from Tanner.

Mars Hill cut the advantage to 2-1 midway through the 59th minute when Brittany Downs found the back of the net off a direct kick. Tusculum’s Tanner scored for the 13th time this season in the 62nd minute after a through ball by Michelle Meade to put the Pioneers up 3-1. Tanner later notched her 14th goal of the campaign on a cross from Bradley in the 77th minute to equal the final margin of 4-1.

Tanner led the way for the Pioneers with two goals and one assist, taking a team-high 11 shots in the match. Bradley added a goal and a team-high two assists for the black and orange. Barron added her 11th goal of the season on five shots, while Meade added her team-leading sixth assist.

Vanessa Fyffe played the full 90 minutes in net for the Pioneers, making five saves en route to her sixth win of the season. Becca Sellars also played the full 90 minutes for the Lions and made nine saves. The Pioneers outshot the Lions 25-11 in the match and edged Mars Hill 2-1 on corner kicks.

The Pioneers return to the pitch on Saturday when they travel to Misenheimer, N.C. to take on Pfeiffer University at 4 p.m.

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