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Women's Soccer Takes Physical Contest from Mount Olive

by Paul Horner

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - A penalty kick goal by Pfeiffer's Kayla Rodriguez in the 27th minute Saturday night proved to be all the Lady Falcons would need to snag a tough road conference win from the Mount Olive Trojans.  The win was Pfeiffer's fifth in their last seven contests and they improve to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in Conference Carolinas play.  The Trojans fall to 2-7-1 and 0-4 in conference play.

The lone tally of the match for the Lady Falcons came when sophomore Aaliyah Jackson received a through ball inside the Trojans' box with the clock showing 26:14.  Once Jackson picked up the feed she made a beautiful first touch on the ball moving nimbly around Mount Olive's goalkeeper Stephanie McCoy.  As Jackson moved around McCoy, she was fouled hard by the freshman keeper in the box, resulting in a penalty kick awarded by the official.  The goal came when Rodriguez beat McCoy by placing a beautifully struck shot to the left of the Trojans' goalkeeper and in the upper half of the net.  The goal was Rodriguez's third of the season.

The match was one of the most physical of the season for the Lady Falcons with three yellow cards presented by the official and 24 total fouls called for both teams.  The win goes to senior Natalie Marsh, her second of the season in as many starts.  Marsh also recorded her second shutout of the 2013 season following a five save performance.  Both squads tallied nine total shots for the match.

The Lady Falcons return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Murfreesboro, N.C. for a 2 p.m. kickoff against Chowan.

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