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Smith Tallies Twice as Men's Soccer Tops Tusculum

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba’s Carson Smith (Mooresville, NC/Mooresville HS) and Valentin Nava (Salisbury, NC/Carson HS) combined on two goals in a 3-1 win over visiting Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer action on Saturday night at Frock Field.  The Catawba Indians improve to 9-6-1 overall and 2-5 in the SAC, while the Pioneers fall to 2-10-3 and 1-7.

After a scoreless first half, each team put home a goal in the first 15 minutes of the second half.  Catawba scored first as Nava sent a cross to Smith at the back post for the opening goal in the 56th minute.  Tusculum came right back five minutes later as Drayson Davenport (Acworth, GA) chipped a shot over Indian keeper Luke McCarthy (Naples, FL/Naples HS).

Smith got his second goal in the 70th minute to put the Indians up for good.  Nava beat the Tusculum defense then sent a pass to Smith for the score.  Catawba iced the match with just over a minute to play as Mark Ketterer (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert HS) ran down a ball to create a 3-on-2 breakaway and fed a perfect pass to Spencer Preston (Estero, FL/Estero HS).

Catawba held a commanding 17-8 edge in shots and had a 4-2 advantage in corners.  McCarthy stopped three Pioneer shots, while TC keeper Andy Goellner (Denver, CO) posted four saves.

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