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Soccer Tournament Run Ends Early

Soccer Angels on the sideline during halftime

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The Meredith College soccer team closed out the 2018 season with a 5-1 loss to the host Maryville Scots in Saturday afternoon's USA South quarterfinal action. After knocking off the East Division's fourth-seed Cougars earlier in the week, the fifth-seed Avenging Angels were paired with the West's top-seed Scots.

Maryville pummeled the Avenging Angels with 22 shots during the first 45 minutes of the match, and one dozen of those attempts came in the first 15 minutes. Angel Goalie Miranda Lutz intercepted three attempts, and the team blocked as many to thwart off an aggressive opening by the number one seed. But the league's leading scorer and Women's Soccer Player of the Year Bailey Sipos scored her first of three goals in the 21st minute to put the hosts on the board. Sipos' second goal came just over five minutes later unassisted.

A moment frustration led to a pair of yellow cards for the Angels, but Kirstie King and Molly Thomas each followed with a shot to generate some momentum for Meredith. Annah Bishop found a gap in the defense late in the frame, but MVC keeper Abbey Coleman interrupted the effort.

Maryville remained in control throughout the second half, adding three more points to their total.

Amelie Gillies entered the match in the 72nd minute and scored a header off a Lillian Fox corner kick with less than two minutes remaining on the clock to put the Angels on the scoreboard.

Lutz completed her freshman season in goal for the Avenging Angels with seven saves on the day. Coleman earned the win for Maryville with three saves in her 82 minutes in goal for the Scots, and Spencer Ann Mitchell entered late in the match to close out day.

Maryville will advance to next weekend's second semifinal pairing versus the West third-seed Covenant Scots. East top-seed and undefeated Greensboro College will host the weekend and face off with the West second-seed Piedmont Lions.

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