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Soccer Angels Advance to League Semifinals with 1-0 Victory Over Bishops

Jessica Wallace

RALEIGH, N.C. -- In Saturday's USA South Women's Soccer quarterfinal pairing between East #2 Meredith College and East #6 N.C. Wesleyan, Jessica Wallace scored the game winner in a 1-0 victory to advance the Avenging Angels. Meredith must await tomorrow's West Division quarterfinal between #1 Maryville and #4 Huntingdon.

The highest remaining seed will host both the semifinals and championship match slated for November 3 and 4. Follow the USA South Women's Soccer Tournament Central for the latest action.

Today's battle between the Angels and the Bishops did not disappoint. The visiting Wesleyan Bishops out shot Meredith 15-9 in the first period but neither team found the net. The Avenging Angels' best chance at a first-half goal came in the 36th minute with a long drive from Kirstie King that hit the crossbar. Cassie Padilla followed with a quick header that floated just wide of the box. 

The Avenging Angels defense balanced the scale in the second frame with nine Meredith shots to just seven from N.C. Wesleyan. Wallace's netter came in the 55th minute on a solo attempt with a low blast to the far right corner to secure the win in favor of the Angels.

Jaisa Loch recorded 11 stops in her 13th win on the season, and Bishop Ashley Major suffered her 10th loss with seven saves.

Meredith will play in one of two semifinal matches next Friday, Nov. 3. East #4 Methodist will face off with West #3 Covenant in the second, and the winners advance to Saturday's Championship round.