HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters netted a pair of first-half goals and outlasted the Newberry Wolves, 2-1, in South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer action on Sunday. The win pushes Lincoln Memorial University to 3-1-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play while Newberry falls to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Freshman striker Michelle Hunter (Tecumseh, Ontario) tallied the first of two goals for the Lady Railsplitters in the opening half, finding the back of the net with a header setup by a long free kick off the foot of Marissa Kiernan (Port St. Lucie, Fla.). Hunter’s second goal and Kiernan’s first assist of the season came in the 26th, propelling LMU in front, 1-0.
The Lady Railsplitters added another goal before the half as Nicole McKinney (Ooltewah, Tenn.) went streaking down the left side of the field, fired a shot from 30 yards out and beat the Newberry keeper to push LMU’s lead to 2-0. With her goal in the 38th minute, McKinney has scored in three-straight matches to accumulate her season total.
The Wolves cut the deficit in half late in the second stanza thanks to a goal from Brayden Miller. Miller received a pass from Amber Sanchez in the middle of the box and sent in Newberry’s lone goal at the 71:26 mark.
Lincoln Memorial controlled possession of the ball throughout the contest, finishing with a 16-7 advantage in shots and a 7-2 cushion in shots on target. The Lady Railsplitters notched eight shots in each half while Newberry accrued only two attempts in the first half and five in the second. Nicole McKinney led the match with five shots and two shots on frame while Michelle Hunter added three attempts. Brayden Miller, Breanna Naranjo and Kelly Cardew paced the Wolves with two shots apiece.
Sophomore Kayla Stephens (Keller, Texas) went the distance in goal for Lincoln Memorial, making one save over that stretch to pick up the win. Her counterpart, Rebecca Darley, allowed a pair of goals and made four stops in the loss.
The Lady Railsplitters return to the pitch on Wednesday as they welcome Mars Hill to the LMU Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.