Lady ‘Splitters beat Queens, 2-0
HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters used a dominant effort to get past the Queens Royals, 2-0, in South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer action on Saturday. Lincoln Memorial improves to 7-3-1 overall and 5-2 in SAC play while Queens falls to 7-3-2 on the year and 3-2-2 in league contests.
The Lady Railsplitters commanded both sides of the pitch for much of the match, finishing the afternoon with a 23-9 shot advantage.
Lincoln Memorial built three significant looks at scoring in the first 30 minutes of play, however, each of those opportunities were stymied by Queens netminder Jessyca Young. After missing out on those first three chances, the Lady Railsplitters broke through at the 33:13 mark as junior striker Nicole McKinney (Ooltewah) headed home an Olivia Thompson (Melbourne, Fla.) cross to push LMU in front, 1-0. That score tied McKinney for the team lead with six goals on the season while Thompson notched her second assist on the play.
The Lady Railsplitters continued with their offensive onslaught for the remainder of the match. Michelle Hunter (Tecumseh, Ontario) narrowly missed scoring a goal in the 45th minute, but her shot attempt struck the post. A Thompson attempt in the 66th minute hit the crossbar and McKinney fired the rebound towards goal, but that look was stonewalled by the Queens keeper.
At the 73:32 mark, senior Michelle Allen (Cove, Utah) picked up her second score of the season, using a flurry of juke moves before turning past her defender and putting a shot into the left-hand side of the net.
The Lady Railsplitter defense surrendered only three shots over the final 16 minutes and recorded their sixth clean slate of the season with a 2-0 shutout.
McKinney paced LMU with six shots and four shots on frame while Hunter tallied five shots and one on goal. Thompson churned out four shot attempts in 34 minutes of action after sitting out the previous two matches due to injury. Kelli Gottry led the Royals with two shots and none on frame.
Sophomore Kayla Stephens (Keller, Texas) picked up the win in net for the Lady Railsplitters, tallying three stops without a goal allowed in 90 minutes of work. Young was strong in goal for the Royals with nine saves.
Lincoln Memorial is scheduled to kickoff a three-game road trip on Wednesday with a trip to Aiken, S.C., to take on nonconference foe USC Aiken. The Lady Railsplitters and Pacers are set to get underway at 6 p.m..
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