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Harrington's Two Goals Send Women's Soccer To SAC Tournament Final

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ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba College senior Paige Harrington (Albemarle, NC/Albemarle HS) scored twice as the second-seeded Catawba Indians defeated #3-seed Wingate 2-0 in a semifinal match-up of the 2008 Food South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament on Friday afternoon at Manchester Meadows.  The win improves Catawba to 15-4-1 and sends the Lady Indians into Sunday’s championship against top-seeded Carson-Newman.  The Bulldogs fall to 14-6.

After a scoreless first half, Harrington struck just over three minutes into the second half.  An initial shot by the senior was saved by the foot of Wingate keeper Kathryn Smith (Indian Trail, NC), but rebounded to Harrington, who found the left side of the goal at the 48:10 mark.

Harrington would provide Catawba with an insurance goal in the 74th minute as she settled a pass from Lena Suarez (Charlotte, NC/Hopewell HS) at the top of the box and beat Smith low to the right on a shot the was just inside the post.  Wingate nearly pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to play, but Kerstin Williams’ (Summerville, SC) shot from 25 yards out hit the crossbar.

Each team had a pair of opportunities in the opening half.  Julie Zielinski (Erie, PA) had a shot in the eighth minute hit the crossbar for the Bulldogs and Williams’ rebound was saved by Catawba keeper Lindsay Webster (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS).  Smith saved a shot from Catawba’s Alyssa Retundie (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) in the 14th minute and Tasha Wilhelm (Mt. Savage, MD/Beall HS) was just wide in the 38th minute.

Catawba held a slight 12-11 edge in shots and each team had four corner kicks.  Webster stopped five shots for the Lady Indians, while Smith registered four saves for Wingate.  Harrington has now scored six straight goals for Catawba.  She tallied the last three goals in the final regular-season win over Brevard and had the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Newberry in the tournament quarterfinals.

"I thought we moved and passed very well today," stated Catawba Coach John Cullen.  "I was pleased with our passing in particular.  I felt that was the difference in the game with way we controlled the ball.  It has always been a tough game with Wingate, but today I thought we went to another level.  We are pleased to be making our third straight trip to the final, which is a testament to the players and our coaching staff."

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