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Lady Lakers shutout Lady Bears

From Staff Reports

The Clayton College & State University women's soccer team got back on the winning track Wednesday, blanking NCAA Southeast Region opponent Lenoir-Rhyne College, 3-0, at Laker Field.

The Lady Lakers took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute of the match on a goal scored by Nkese Udoh on an indirect kick from just outside the penalty area.

Udoh fired a shot in the upper left of the goal, her eighth goal of the season. The indirect kick resulted after Lady Bears keeper Nicole Ley came out of the penalty area and was whistled for a handball, challenging a break away shot by Udoh.

Clayton State pushed its lead to 2-0 in the 64th minute, as Peach Belt Conference leading scorer Olaitan Yusuf scored her 12th goal of the season, beating the keeper for an open goal shot. The play was set up off a pass from Cassandra Rapaich.

Jennifer Powell gave the Lady Lakers a little insurance in the 76th minute, drilling a shot in the upper right corner of the net from 25-yards out. Yusuf was credited with the assist on the play.

With the win, the Lady Lakers improve to 8-2, while Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 4-6-3. Clayton State returns to Peach Belt action on Saturday, playing host to the University of North Carolina Pembroke for homecoming at 1 p.m.

Clayton State finished the match with 19 shots and three corner kicks, compared to 10 shots and one corner for the Lady Bears.

Clayton State keeper Judith Chime finished with five saves, while Lenoir Rhyne goalie Nicole Ley had four.