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Papaj's Second Half Strikes Helps Women's Soccer Clinch Tournament Berth with 1-0 Win over Converse

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Brittany Papaj’s (Sandy Hook, CT) 67th minute goal sent Pfeiffer University past Converse College 1-0 in Conference Carolinas women’s soccer action on Tuesday afternoon. The victory assures the Lady Falcons of a playoff spot in next week’s conference tournament improving to 8-6-2 overall, 6-2-2 in league play while the Valkyries drop to 7-9-2, 3-6-2.

After a scoreless first half, Papaj took advantage of rebounded shot bouncing Pfeiffer’s way late in the second half. After Stephanie Hardig (Statesville, NC) blasted a shot that hit the crossbar, Hardig’s rebounded found Papaj who tapped in the match’s lone goal.

Converse would come within inches of the game-tying goal in the 76th minute as Georgia Jones (Solihull, ENGLAND) had a one-on-one break and sent her wide open shot wide left.

Pfeiffer would hold a decisive 20-5 shots advantage on the day, 7-3 on target. Five corner kicks in each half would also give the Lady Falcons a 10-1 margin in those set pieces. Britt Polly (Boca Raton, FL) would make three saves in net for Pfeiffer while Gabriella Chamberland (Cornwall, NY) kept the Valkyries in the match making six saves.

The Lady Falcons will now move on to the 2012 regular season finale on Saturday at Belmont Abbey. Match time is set for 12:00 p.m. with final pairings being announced later Saturday night for Monday’s first round conference tournament matchup. 

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