GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Montevallo women's soccer team (0-1) dropped its 2011 season opener on the road at Tusculum College (1-0), 3-2. The Pioneers who were picked to finish third in the South Atlantic Conference jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after 25 minutes of play. UM bounced back with a late first half goal but a Pioneer goal just five minutes into the second half gave TC a 3-1 lead which the Falcons were unable to overcome.
UM was led by junior Katy Hutto (Alabaster, Ala./Florida College) and sophomore Asgerdur Palsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland/Verzlunarskoli Islands) who provided the first goals of the season for the Falcons. Hutto received a through ball from freshman Lyndsie Jacobs (Lubbock, Texas/Coronado) with less then five minutes to play in the first half. Hutto slotted the ball just inside the far post to cut the halftime deficit to just one.
Palsdottir scored on a short shot in front of the net set-up by a Taylor Kerr (Birmingham, Ala./Vestavia Hills) free kick with 21 minutes left in regulation to once again cut the lead to one. UM was unable to break through in the final 20 minutes as the Pioneer defense stood strong to capture a 3-2 victory.
The Falcons managed nine shots in the game coming from eight different players. Sophomore Kaitlin Thomas (Calgary, Alberta/Foothills Composite) got the start in goal for the Falcons as she played 45 minutes and allowed a pair of goals while making two saves. Junior Alyssa Maxwell (Surrey, British Columbia/Semiahmoo) played the second half and made a pair of saves while allowing a single goal.
Tramicka James scored a pair of goals in the victory for Tusculum while Marissa Williams made three saves in goal for the Pioneers.
The Falcons will be back in action this Sunday, Sept. 4 in the home opener against the University of West Alabama. The match begins at 3 p.m. on Varsity Field.