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Lady Indians Open SAC Play With a Definitive 5-0 Win Over Anderson

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SALISBURY, NC -- The Catawba College women’s soccer team opened up South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday evening with a definitive 5-0 victory over Anderson at Frock Field.  The win gives the nationally #14th ranked Lady Indians a perfect 4-0 start to the season and now 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference.  Anderson falls to 2-2 on the year with the loss and 0-1 in the SAC. 

Mary Kirkman scored the eventual game winner only 51 seconds into the start of the game.  The goal came immediately after freshman Kiersten Peck attacked from the right side.  Peck’s shot was deflected by Anderson goalie, Sadie Lancaster, and right to the feet of Kirkman who was able to walk the ball into the open net.

Catawba midfielder, Alex Hulsey, would double the Lady Indians lead in the 38th minute of the game after collecting a Peck corner kick that bounced past the defense to the far side of the net.  The assist marked Peck’s second of the night.

 In the second half, freshman Becky Frost would benefit from a one-on-one opportunity.  Hulsey sent forward a pass to Kate Weisner that quickly redirected the ball to the feet of Frost.  Frost lobbed the ball over the diving Lancaster to give the Indians a 3-0 advantage.

In the 73rd minute, Karen Presnell became the beneficiary of an awkward bounce to give Catawba a 4-0 lead.  The goal came after a Peck corner kick that was headed towards the net by Kirkman.  The header did not have enough power to get to the net but bounced over the head of an Anderson defender before Presnell flicked a second header over the stretch of Lancaster.  Peck was credited with her third assist of the night on the goal. 

Frost would chip in her second goal of the game in final two minutes. The breakaway goal marked Frost’s second multi-goal game and sixth goal of the year. 

As a team, Catawba outshot Anderson 15-7 and claimed a 7-1 margin in corners.  Catawba keeper Bethany Davis split time with Angelica Pawlowski for the second combined shutout this week.  Each tallied one save in the win.  Despite surrendering five goals, Lancaster finished the game with three saves for Anderson.

“Our goal tonight was to bring a lot of pressure early and capitalize on their mistakes.  We had another great team performance tonight with some outstanding displays by individuals.”, said Catawba head coach Michael Swan.  “Our senior players are setting a great example with their work rate and it’s paying off.  Our young players are playing without fear and just really enjoying getting out there and working their socks off.  It’s tough to heap praise on an individual when you have all 28 players in your squad producing.”

Catawba will travel to UNC Pembroke on Wednesday night for a non-conference match set for 5pm.

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