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Union Ladies Ride Zimmerman's Second Hat-Trick of Season to Victory

JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/2/2007 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs posted their fifth win in a row with a 5-1 victory over cross-town rival Lambuth University (Tenn.) 5-1. Union improved to 8-3 on the season and are now tied for second place with a 4-1 TranSouth record. Lambuth dropped to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Union's Caitlin Zimmerman of Lebanon, Tenn. recorded her second hat-trick of the season with a three goal performance versus Lambuth. Zimmerman scored first in the second minute of play to give Union the early lead. However, Lambuth answered quickly with a goal from Lauren Wagner in the seventh minute of play. From that point, it was all Union, including more scoring from Zimmerman. She added Union's second goal of the match and her fifth game winning goal of the year in the 26th minute. A score by freshman Eboni Murphy in the 33rd minute put Union up 3-1 at the half. Zimmerman capped off her big night with a goal at the 55 minute mark, followed by a goal from Kaitlin Dirksen with 23 mintues to play give Union the 5-1 win. Cara Palsey, Murphy, and Cheslie Tharpe each recorded an assist for Union.

Laura Pla, the TranSouth and NAIA Region XI Defensive player of the week posted four saves between the post. This goal versus Lambuth was the first conference goal Pla has allowed in the past four TranSouth games.

In Union's five match win streak, Union has outscored their opponents 17-3. Zimmerman has scored nine of those seventeen goals.

Up next for the Union Lady Bulldogs is a road trip to Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. for a TranSouth match on Saturday, October 6 at 1:00 pm.

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Steven Aldridge
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