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Women's Soccer falls 2-1 to Carson-Newman in NCAA II Southeast Region Final

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- The No. 23 Carson-Newman women’s soccer team claimed a spot in the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Elite Eight with a 2-1 victory over Catawba in the Southeast Regional Final on Sunday at Pioneer Field. The Lady Eagles’ victory marks their second straight Southeast Regional Championship, both coming against Catawba. C-N will next face No. 8 West Florida in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Nov. 19 or 20. With the victory, Carson-Newman improves to 16-4 on the season. Catawba concludes the 2005 campaign with a 16-4-1 mark. The Lady Eagles struck early when Claire Ramsdale (Birmingham, England) headed in a corner kick by Rebecca Angus (Middlesborough, England) to give C-N a 1-0 advantage in the 9th minute. Catawba pulled even in the 23rd minute when Lauren Ebersole (Hagerstown, Md.) took a corner kick that was batted around a bit but managed to find the back of the net. The score remained knotted at 1-1 until the 81st minute when Carson-Newman’s Erica Stegner (Nicholasville, Ky.) crossed a pass to Brittany Moore (Lenoir City, Tenn.) in front of the goal. Moore wheeled and fired a pass to an attacking Jennifer Bock (Stevensville, Mich.), who drove in the match-winner from about five yards out. The Lady Eagles held the upper hand offensively, out-shooting the Lady Indians by a 17-5 margin and taking 12 corner kicks to Catawba’s two. In the second half, C-N posted 10 shots, while Catawba managed just one. Catawba goalkeeper Catherine Balentine (Charlotte, N.C.) posted five saves, and C-N keeper Nyssa Griffin (Adelaide, Australia) made one stop. The Lady Eagles’ next opponent, West Florida, advanced to the Elite Eight with a 1-0 victory over Tampa in the South Regional Final. Carson-Newman head coach Phil McNamara Quotes: We knew it was going to be a very difficult match with Catawba. They are a very competitive opponent, very hard working. I felt we matched their effort and we have some talented players that stepped up and made the difference for us today. I don't think either team played their best soccer today when there is so much at stake and it turned into a real battle. We came out very strong in the second half and the shot count and corner kicks totals show that. Catawba is a great program with quality players and coaches who are solid and come ready to play. This was a credit to the South Atlantic Conference having two teams in the regional final again. Catawba head coach John Cullen Quotes: I thought it was a very even first half. We started slowly and gave them the momentum with the first goal which woke us up. From that moment we settled down and played well and got the goal back and the game came back. In the second half, we never came out. I felt they jumped on us in the second half and stayed on us. The shot count in the second half truly shows how they had the game (10-1). I'm very proud of our team. We started the season 1-2 and a lot of teams would have folded at that stage, but we regrouped and banded together. It shows the character and pride this team has. Soccer Game Summary (Final) The Automated ScoreBook Catawba (16-4-1) vs. Carson-Newman (16-4-0) Date: Nov 13, 2005 Attendance: 207 Weather: Partly cloudy, warm, breezy Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Catawba............. 1 0 - 1 Carson-Newman....... 1 1 - 2 SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 8:21 C-N Claire Ramsdale (10) (Rebecca Angus) - off corner kick 2. 22:06 CATW Lauren Ebersole (2) (unassisted) - Off corner kick 3. 80:05 C-N Jennifer Bock (14) (Erica Stegner;Brittany Moore) - about five yards out Shots: Catawba 5, Carson-Newman 17 Saves: Catawba 5 (Cathrine Balentine 5), Carson-Newman 1 (Nyssa Griffin 1) #####

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