Clayton State women lose opener

From staff reports

With three goals in the first 13 minutes of play, the Tusculum Pioneers downed the Clayton College & State University women's soccer team 4-1 Monday at Laker Field on the campus of Clayton State.

Tusculum struck early in the match as freshman forward Becky Carreiro scored one of her three goals on an unassisted play three minutes into the match.

The Pioneers pushed their lead to 2-0 at the nine-minute mark as senior midfielder Elaine Green scored off an assist from sophomore defender Theresa Christie.

Carreiro came back with her second goal of the match three minutes later, giving the Pioneers a commanding 3-0 lead with more than 30 minutes remaining in the first half. Carreiro pocketed the goal off an assist from senior forward Rachel Barron.

Clayton State answered at the 36-minute mark of play as junior forward Florence Okpala scored, drilling a 15-yard shot in the upper left portion of the goal.

She scored the Lakers' lone goal of the match off an assist from sophomore forward Ngozi Ezeocha.

In the second half, Tusculum added one more insurance goal as Carreiro scored her third goal of the match off an assist from freshman defender Ashley Moreira 55 minutes into the match.

The Pioneers controlled much of the play, outshooting Clayton State 33-7. Clayton State sophomore keeper Judith Chime tied a school record with 15 saves in the match, while Tusculum sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Alterman finished with four saves.

With the loss, the Lakers fall to 0-1 on the season and will return to action on Wednesday, September 3, hosting the University of Alabama-Huntsville in a 4 p.m. match.

Tusculum improves to 2-0 with the victory and will return to action on Saturday, September 6, facing Northern Kentucky University in a 2 p.m. match.