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Colonels Bury Badgers, 5-1

Article Written by Clyde Verdin
Published: August 21, 2012
<p>MOBILE, Ala. &ndash; Heading into halftime with a 2-1 lead, the Nicholls State University women's soccer team was not content with just holding on to a one goal lead and scored three more times in the second half to earn a 5-1 win over the Spring Hill College Badgers Sunday afternoon in Mobile.</p> <p>Nicholls (1-1-0) outshot the Badgers (0-1-0) 14-3 in the contest, holding Spring Hill to just two in the first and one in the second. 11 of the Colonels' 14 shots were on goal in the game, getting nine shots in the second half alone.</p> <p>The Colonels got first half goals from Alexandra Marino in the 5th minute and Kristy Tatom in the 16th minute, while Nicholls got their final three goals from Jess Coates in the 59th minute, Annie Newell in the 79th minute and Sarah Tani in the 81st in the second. Coates netted her second goal of the season, while Marino, Newell and Tani scored their first.</p> <p>Haley Golden earned her first win in net for the Colonels, allowing one goal with two saves. Spring Hill's Maggie Dalessio allowed all five goals while saving six shots.</p> <p>A foul 14 minutes into the second half in the box gave the Colonels a penalty kick opportunity, and after her performance on Friday, Coates earned the shot and put Nicholls up 3-1.</p> <p>After some substitutions, the Colonels seemed to find the extra push to close out the game and struck as Newell scored her first goal as a Colonel, as Cunningham found her at the close right wing for the score. No more than two minutes later, Newell returned the favor, getting the assist on Tani's score from inside the box for the game's final score.</p> <p>Nicholls got assists on four of the team's five goals in the contest.</p> <p>The fireworks began a minute into the contest, as SHC got the game's first goal from Amanda Allen to give the Badgers an early 1-0 lead.</p> <p>After getting a feel for the game, Marino took a pass from Jess Coates and fired a shot past the Badger keeper to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth minute. After 11 minutes of tied play, a Spring Hill foul gave the Colonels a free kick from the far right wing that Janelle Brandom used to find Tatom at point-blank range to give Nicholls the 2-1 lead.</p> <p>All five shots the Colonels took in the first half were on goal, as Nicholls was looking to exploit the holes in the Spring Hill defense.</p> <p>After nearly doubling the fouls of South Alabama on Friday night after the half, the Colonels only committed four fouls in the half to the Badgers' eight. Tatom earned the first yellow card for the team towards the end of the first.</p> <p>The Colonels will return to the pitch next Friday, taking on the University of Oklahoma in Norman at 7 p.m.</p>
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