Carson-Newman 3, Lincoln Memorial 1



JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. The unforgettable 2004 season continues for the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles as C-N earned a trip to the NCAA Division II womens soccer Final Four with a 3-1 win over Lincoln Memorial in the national quarterfinals held at McCown Field Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Eagles will play Adelphi in the national semi-final in Wichita Falls, Texas December 2. The start time for the match will be announced later this week. With the win, the Lady Eagles improve to 19-2-2. The Lady Railsplitters see their very successful season end at 12-5-2.

This is just an incredible feeling, Carson-Newman head coach Philip McNamara said. I am just so happy for our players, for winning today and for the kind of season they have had. They have worked so hard and now to earn a trip to the Final Four, its just amazing.

The Lady Eagles had the upper hand in two key statistical categories- shots and corner kicks. C-N out-shot the Lady Railsplitters 23-3 for the match, including 10-1 in the second half. The Lady Eagles also had the upper hand in corner kicks as C-N had 15 compared to only one by LMU.

The match started with a bang for Carson-Newman as Jenny Bock (Stevensville, Mich.) scored only 55 seconds into the match on a rebound off a missed shot. The Railsplitters would tie the score at 1-1 when Heloisa Oliveira (Campinas, Brazil) scored on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute. The score would remain tied 1-1 at the half.

The Lady Eagles would regain the lead when Bock scored off a corner kick by Rebecca Nulph (Lebanon, Ohio) in the 55th minute. Lindsey Ferris (McKinney, Texas) iced the match when she put back a rebound off a missed shot in the 64th minute.

The Lady Eagles head into the Final Four winners of seven consecutive matches. They have out-scored their opponents 59-24 this season.

-- Courtesy Carson-Newman