Carson-Newman, Catawba Play to 1-1 Tie

Carson-Newman, Catawba Play to 1-1 Tie

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- The seventh-ranked Carson-Newman women's soccer team battled Catawba to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night in South Atlantic Conference play at McCown Field, wrapping up homecoming weekend at Carson-Newman.

The draw snaps the Lady Eagles' (11-0-1, 3-0-1 SAC) school-record 11-match winning streak.

"When it's homecoming, you have alumni here and other things going on, so you always want to put your best foot forward," C-N head coach Phil McNamara said. "I thought at times we threatened and played well. It just wasn't consistent enough for my liking against such a good opponent in Catawba."

C-N jumped out in front in the 34th minute on Trenna Howell's (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) ninth goal of the season, giving the Lady Eagles a 1-nil lead. Sandra Kaelin (Trachau, Switzerland) was credited with the assist.

But Catawba (7-3-2, 2-1-1) answered less than three minutes later, as Andrea Dunshie (Apex, N.C.) found the back of the net after a miscommunication by the defense to knot the match at 1-1 heading into the locker room.

"That was an unfortunate goal," McNamara said. "The ball should have never gotten to that point in the play. We should have been a little smarter in that situation, but the girls responded well after it."

The Lady Eagles had several opportunities to take the lead in the second half and outshot Catawba 8-3 over the final 45 minutes and both overtimes but they could not capitalize. C-N held a 17-8 shot advantage for the match, including a 6-4 edge in shots on goal.

Lady Eagles goalkeeper Lauren MacKenzie (Barrie, Ontario) collected three saves on the night, while Catawba's Lindsay Webster (Hopkinton, Mass) tallied five saves.

C-N returns to the pitch at home on Tuesday against Lee University, the 2008 NAIA national champion. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. at McCown Field.