No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne rallies past C-N, 2-1
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College women's soccer team led for 62 minutes Tuesday night, but couldn't hang on against No. 7-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Lady Bears scored two goals in the final 18 minutes to take a 2-1 win over the Lady Eagles in a key South Atlantic Conference contest at the new McCown Field.
Carson-Newman is 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the SAC. The Lady Bears are 6-1 and remain undefeated in the conference at 3-0.
The Lady Eagles surged ahead early, with senior forward Trenna Howell (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) booting an assist from freshman midfielder Tandy Turk (Demorest, Ga.) into the net, past L-R goalkeeper Caitlin Scruggs.
With the lead on the highly-ranked Lady Bears, Carson-Newman goalkeeper Sarah Tompkins had to survive a barrage of shots throughout the game. Tomkins saw nine shots in each half, facing down a total of 18, 11 on goal, in the game. C-N managed just six shots, with only two in the second half. Tompkins finished with nine saves.
In the 61st minute, Lenoir-Rhyne finally tied the score on an unassisted goal from Laura Linehan on a volley on a free ball from 25 feet out.
In the 71st minute, the Lady Bears took the lead on an Elizabeth Hawes goal off a Carley Griffin assist.
The Lady Eagles will next see action Saturday, Oct. 1 at North Georgia with a 5 p.m. game time. C-N returns McCown Field on Oct. 5 to take on SAC foe Lincoln Memorial at 6 p.m.