Thursday, November 12, 2009

Colleges: Carnegie, Panthers end Lions' season

Saint Leo saw its season come to an end as Florida Tech’s Brittany Carnegie scored a second half goal to give the Panthers a 1-0 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Rollins College in Winter Park.

The win was the Panthers third over the Lions this season, and moves them into the second round against host Rollins on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

“To beat a good team like Saint Leo three times in one season is quite an accomplishment,” Tech head coach Fidgi Haig said. “We came out hungrier tonight, stuck to our plan, stayed composed and came out with a good result. We are all excited to move on and I’m happy for our seniors. Now, we need to put this game behind us and focus on Saturday’s match.”

A defensive mistake in the 61st minute caused the Lions downfall, as Carnegie intercepted a poor pass in the Lions end, putting her in on goal. Saint Leo goalkeeper Cristina Coca saved Carnegie’s initial shot, but Carnegie picked up the rebound, and put it away.

“I’m glad I had the chance to contribute to tonight’s win,” Carnegie said. “I’ve never felt so excited following one of my goals so the feeling is great. It means a lot to us to have an opportunity to face Rollins again. We are looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

The Lions almost answered immediately, but Hannah Beard’s shot was parried by Tech goalkeeper Melissa Pyles, and then went off the post before it was recovered. Beard, who along with Sara Macko and Ana Davila suited up for the final time for the Lions on Thursday, was denied by Pyles again as her header couldn’t find the net with just over two minutes remaining.

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