The University of Tampa women remained winless on the season, conceding two early goals before falling 3-2 to Tusculum at the Columbus State tournament on Friday night.
Kayla Durden gave Tusculum (2-1) the lead less than two minutes into the match, and Tramicka Jones doubled the lead in the 13th minute.
The Spartans (0-2-1) fought back, Jazmin Perry pulling a goal back four minutes later, and Sarah Steinmetz tied the game in the 25th minute. Steinmetz headed home Megan Tobin’s corner kick to make the score 2-2.
Tampa being on even terms wouldn’t last long, however, as Claire Duncan converted a penalty in the 38th minute to give Tusculum a 3-2 halftime lead.
The Spartans tried to find an equalizer in the second half, outshooting the Pioneers 5-2 after the break and 14-10 for the game, but Tusculum freshman goalkeeper Rachel Jennings recorded seven saves to earn her team victory.