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Catawba Falls In Heartbreaker to LMU 2-1 In Food Lion SAC Tournament

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SALISBURY, NC -- The Catawba College women’s soccer team fell in heartbreaking fashion to Lincoln Memorial University 2-1 in the first round of the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament on Tuesday night at Catawba’s Frock Field.  Catawba closes out its season with a record of 10-8-1.  Lincoln Memorial improves to 9-7-1 and advances to the semi-final games on Friday in Rock Hill, SC.

Lincoln Memorial jumped out front in the fourth minute after the Railsplitters were awarded with a penalty kick.  Senior, Michelle Allen (Cove, UT) converted the kick past Catawba keeper, Bethany Davis (Salisbury, MD/Parkside).

The Lady Indians would equalize in the 48th minute on a penalty kick of their own after a handball call.  Anna Toole (Greenville, SC/Mann) lobbed a shot over a diving Kayla Stephens (Keller, TX).

Controversy came over the final goal of the game in the 65th minute as Lincoln Memorial’s Rachel Vienneau (Woodstock, GA) put the ball into an empty net.   Just before the goal the Railsplitters sent a long ball towards the right side of the net.  Vienneau and a teammate challenged Davis who had jumped to collect the ball.  The other Lady Railsplitter collided with Davis sending the two to the ground where Vienneau was left with an open net.  Despite a tremendous effort from the Catawba back line to block an initial shot, Vienneau was able to convert on a quick rebound.

Catawba outshot Lincoln Memorial 17-13 on the night as well as 5-0 in corner kicks.  Davis and Stephens each recorded five saves.  Twenty-three total fouls were recorded in the match with Catawba committing 13 of them.

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