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Indians Advance to SAC Tournament Semifinals After PK Victory Over LMU

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HARROGATE, TENN. -- The Catawba College women’s soccer team relied on penalty kicks to claim a victory over Lincoln Memorial in the opening round of the South Atlantic Conference tournament Tuesday afternoon at the LMU soccer complex.  With the win, the fifth seeded Catawba Lady Indians will advance to the tournament semifinals to take on top seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Friday afternoon in Rock Hill, S.C.  Lincoln Memorial concludes its season 9-4-3 overall.

Catawba freshman Kate Weisner scored the first goal of the day in the 27th minute off a cross.  The Railsplitters defense deflected the intial cross but Weisner was able to collect the loose ball and put into the open net.

Catawba played a physical match and committed 15 fouls in the process and receiving three yellow cards, all in the 88th and 89th minutes.  Emily Auwater received hers with 1:06 left in regulation about 20 yards away from the goal.  Lincoln Memorial’s Fernanda Miaci took the free kick and drilled it past Catawba keeper Bethany Davis to send the game to overtime.

Two overtimes were not enough to separate the two teams who tied 1-1 in their previous meeting on October 25th.  In penalty kicks the teams alternated with each side scoring their first four goals.  For Catawba’s fifth kick, senior Allison Parker was able to beat the Lincoln Memorial goalie Kayla Stephens to give the Indians a 5-4 lead.  Miaci took the fifth shot for Lincoln Memorial and attempted to roll the ball past Davis.  Davis would dive to save the shot and secure the victory for the Lady Indians.

Davis finished the game with six saves while Stephens would stop two of her own for the Railsplitters.  Lincoln Memorial held a 22-11 shot advantage in the match.

Catawba’s semifinal match against the #1 seeded Lenoir-Rhyne is slated for 4:00 p.m. at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.

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