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USCL women post first win at new field

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Lady Lancers take 5-4 OT win

By The Staff

 The University of South Carolina Lancaster women’s soccer team posted a historic win Sunday, Aug. 26.

The Lady Lancers defeated the NJCAA Region X foe Wake Tech Lady Eagles, 5-4 in overtime for the first win at the new USCL soccer field.

“This is what we’ve been working for since we began practice Aug. 1,” USCL women’s soccer coach Nicole Bulinsky said. “It was a great feeling to see our girls get the win. We felt our home-field advantage was the difference. Both teams were limited on depth, but we felt our conditioning made the difference on Sunday.”

Freshman Lauren White’s goal off a direct kick in overtime lifted the USCL women to the exciting win.

White had two goals and two assists in the Lady Lancers’ comeback win which evened their record at 1-1 on the season.

USCL dropped a 4-1 loss to Middle Georgia College on Friday afternoon in the first-ever match at the new USCL field located below the Carole Ray Dowling Center.

Wake Tech held a 3-2 lead at the half before the Lady Lancers rallied for the win.

The Lady Eagles took a 2-0 lead early in the match, but White, on a direct kick, scored with a lofted kick over the Wake Tech  goalie’s hands.

White’s kick came after teammate Sedona Smith was fouled outside the 18-yard penalty box.

USCL tied the match at 2-all as Shelby Bazemore scored off a White corner kick.

Wake Tech scored late in the first half to take a 3-2 lead at the break.

The Lady Lancers came out in the second half and played inspired soccer to earn the win.

“I told the ladies to have a little faith, hope and luck,” Bulinsky said.

The Lancers tied the score at 3-3 as White had an assist after a deflection from the Eagles’ keeper, and sophomore Ashleigh Aiello finished to tally the goal.

Wake Tech took a 4-3 lead, but the Lady Lancers tied the match as  Cyndle McGuinness, with a clutch goal with a minute to play, scored on a cross to force overtime.

In the overtime, White tallied on a direct kick to seal the USCL win.

The Lady Lancers are back in action Sept. 5 when they host region foe Spartanburg Methodist College. 

The match with SMC is a doubleheader as the men host the Pioneers at 3 p.m.

 The USCL men, 0-1, visit Belmont Abbey today in a 5 p.m. match. The Lancers dropped a 6-0 loss to Middle Georgia College in their first-ever match at the USCL field last Friday.