Eagles tie at Anderson and secure a spot in SAC tournament

Eagles tie at Anderson and secure a spot in SAC tournament

ANDERSON, SC – Carson-Newman (6-6-4, 4-4-3 SAC) tied 1-1 in its last regular season game at Anderson (5-7-5, 3-3-5 SAC) and secured the no. 7 position going into the conference tournament.


"The girls game was a great one," Carson-Newman head soccer coach Richard Moodie said. "We didn't play our best, but it was high intensity; we worked hard and we worked with a purpose."


Emily Perez opened the scoring in the 29th minute. She received a through ball from Helena Moore and shot the ball over the keeper for her third goal of the season.


"Anderson isn't a bad team," Moodie said. "They've got a bit about them; they've got size."


In the 64th minute of action, senior Raquel Pimentel (New Port Richey, Fla.) scored her first goal of 2013 to tie it up off a cross from Nora Logan (Charlotte, NC).


"We were down one nil and made some changes," Moodie said. "Freshman Nora Logan got the assist to Pimentel. She's had a great year and finally got some stats to show for it."


Pimentel led the Eagles in shots having taken four, two of which were on target. Senior Bianca Hall (Newcastle, England) had two shots, both of which were on net.


"We could have won it in overtime," Moodie said. "We had a couple of good chances."


The Eagles outshot the Trojans 13 to 12. Senior captain Tiarna McKenna tallied four saves on the match. She is currently seventh in the SAC with 67 saves on the year.


Krystal Goss released three shots for Anderson and placed two on goal.


"I think we're going to be traveling to Wingate for our first game of the tournament," Moodie said. "We were one of the few teams to score on them this year, so we have to be proud of that and confident going into Tuesday."


Freshman Gabrielle Gianeselli (Knoxville, Tenn.) holds the top spot in points for the Eagles with 11 tying her for 18th in the SAC. Junior captain Sidnee Edwards (Knoxville, Tenn.) and senior Danna Stringle (Woodstock, Ontario, Canada) both trail closely with 10.


"It's time to wake up and realize it's survival of the fittest now," Moodie said. "You either win or you're done."


The Eagles head into the conference tournament Tuesday. Time and opponent are both to be announced.