|March 11, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TC||NBY|
|Free Position Attempts||3-5||0-2|
- 4||Rachel Dillon
- 4||Maddie Campbell
|Ground Balls||Rachel Holmes
- 5||Maddie Campbell
- 9||Brandy Bowman
NEWBERRY – A late push by Tusculum (4-5, 2-0 SAC) sealed the teams second conference win as Newberry (4-5, 0-2 SAC) fell to the Pioneers by a final of 18-15 at Setzler Field.
In 60 minutes, the game brought 11 different lead changes and nine ties between the two teams.
The Wolves, who were playing their fourth game in seven days, came out on fire tallying three goals in the first 5:36. Newberry has scored first in eight of the teams’ nine games this season.
The Pioneers answered back with five unanswered goals, until Alexis Khaler went back-to-back to draw the game even. Newberry would grab a two-goal advantage two different times in the last 13 minutes of the period before Tusculum’s Rachel Holmes brought her team within one with four seconds remaining in the first.
After the teams traded goals late into the second half, the game was all knotted at 14 with 13:38 left to play. Tusculum then went on to score four of the next five goals to put the game out of reach.
The South Atlantic Conference leading goal scorer, Rachel Dillon, had five goals on the afternoon for Newberry to give her 33 on the season. Entering the day, Dillon ranked third in all of NCAA Division II in goals, and sits at no. 12 in points.
Kahler notched career-highs registering four goals and five points on Saturday, giving the West Bloomfield, Mich. native 12 points on the season. She has now scored in three straight games.
Brandy Bowman stopped 11 shots for the Wolves adding to her already impressive 2017 campaign. The goalkeeper out of Irvine, Calif. entered the day with 96 saves putting the sophomore alone at the top in all of NCAA D-II. Bowman is averaging 12 saves per game, which also ranks sixth in the country.
Tusculum had four different players with at least three goals, and would use all three of its goaltenders to earn the win.
Newberry will have a week off before preparing for their next conference opponent in Hartsville next weekend. The Wolves will take on the Coker Cobras on Saturday, March 18. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.