Thompson’s goals lead Lady ‘Splitters in 2-1 win
HARROGATE, Tenn. — Striker Olivia Thompson netted a pair of goals to lead the Lady Railsplitters to a 2-1 victory over the Mars Hill Lions in South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer action on Thursday at the LMU Soccer Complex. Lincoln Memorial University’s third straight improves its record to 4-1-1 overall and 3-0 in SAC play while the Lions sink to 0-5-1 and 0-3.
Despite firing 16 shots with three on goal in the opening half, the Lady Railsplitters went to the break locked in a 0-0 draw with the Lions. Sophomore forward Olivia Thompson changed that quickly in the second half as she received a pass from freshman Michelle Hunter, dashed around her defender and beat the Mars Hill keeper from the right side of the box to push LMU in front 1-0. With her second assist of the season, Hunter tallied a point for the third consecutive match to bring her season total to six.
In the 76th minute, senior Michelle Allen found some space and drove into the box where she absorbed a physical foul from the Lion defender, setting up a penalty kick. Thompson capitalized on that attempt, punching one into the bottom-right hand corner to extend the Lady Railsplitters’ lead to 2-0.
With Thompson’s second two-goal match of the season, the Melbourne, Fla., native now has a team-leading five scores and 10 points.
The Lady Railsplitters narrowly missed recording their fourth clean slate of the season as Rachel Weber scored on a one-on-one breakaway with under a minute left in regulation to put the Lions on the board.
Lincoln Memorial finished the match with a commanding 28-11 advantage on the shot chart with 11 of their attempts landing on target. Maddy Nagy paced the Lady Railsplitters with eight total shots and three shots on goal while Nicole McKinney added five attempts with one on frame. Michelle Hunter put up three shot attempts and two landed inside the frame. Alyssa Morris recorded more than half of the shots for the Lions as she hoisted six shots with only one coming on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stephens improved to 4-1-1 on the season after making three stops and allowing only one goal in 90 minutes of work. Tori Stajduhar suffered the loss despite a nine-save effort during her 90 minutes in goal.
The Lady Railsplitters are scheduled to return to the pitch on Saturday as they travel to Hickory, N.C., for a contest against South Atlantic Conference foe and regional powerhouse Lenoir-Rhyne. Lincoln Memorial’s contest against the Bears is set to get underway at 5 p.m.
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