JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/28/2011 - For the first time in program history, the Union University women’s soccer team has finished in first place of the TranSouth Conference. Union’s 4-2 win over Trevecca Nazarene University Friday night set their league record to 5-0-1.
Union shares the regular season crown with NAIA No. 8 Martin Methodist College (5-0-1), a team Union tied 2-2 earlier in the season. Union will be the two-seed in the conference tournament by means of the goal-differential tie-breaker.
Union head coach Brandon Boylan says, “Every year we set a goals for our team and one of the goals this year was to win conference. We have accomplished the regular season portion of that goal as co-champions with Martin Methodist. Now that regular season is over it’s time to focus on the postseason and see how far we can advance.”
This is the highest finish in the standings for Union. The previous best was a second place finish in 2009.
"This has been a fun year”, says Boylan. “The team has been a lot of fun to be around and the coaching staff is pleased with how the ladies have responded to the challenges this year."
“To be co-champions with Martin Methodist is a privilege. They have set the bar so high for so long in the TranSouth and NAIA. We know we have to play our best every game to continue to compete at a high level.
In the clinching win for Union, the Lady Bulldogs wasted no time in getting on the board. Ashlie Watson scored in the second minute of play to put Union up 1-0. Union scored again in the first half in the 35th minute on a goal form Alex Taylor, assisted by Rebecca McDonough. The score was 2-0 at the break.
Union stretched the lead up to 4-0 early in the second half thanks to a pair of goals from Eboni Murphy in the 54th and 55th minutes of play. Christina Reardon recorded the assist on Murphy’s first goal. Trevecca Nazarene added two late goals in the 81st and 84th minutes to set the final at 4-2. Brooke Gann and Mandy Nuckols recorded the scores.
Union outshot Trevecca Nazarene 13-7 in the game, including 9-5 in shots on goal. Emily Warren recorded three saves in the win. Trevecca’s Neira Ahmespahic recorded one save in 17 minutes and Bekah Headrick recorded four saves and allowed four goals in 73 minutes of work.
Union will face Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) Monday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. to close out the regular season. Union earns a first round bye in the conference tournament and will host a semifinal game Tuesday, Nov. 8.
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