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Saturday, 09 November 2013 11:29

The Lincoln Memorial Women's Soccer Team (10-7-1) advanced to the 2013 Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship match after shutting out Lenoir-Rhyne (14-4-1), 2-0, in the semifinals Friday at Manchester Meadows. Lincoln Memorial will face second-seeded Wingate (14-2-3) in the finals on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Wingate defeated Tusculum by a 3-0 score in the semifinal round today.

The Lady Railsplitters, the fifth seed in the tournament, received second-half goals from Nicole McKinney (Ooltewah, Tenn.) and Rachael Vienneau (Woodstock, Ga.).
Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 16 in the nation, came int the tournament as the top seed and saw its four-match winning streak come to an end. L-R also failed to earn a berth in the conference tournament finals for the first time since the 2008 season.

McKinney scored after taking control of a loose ball in the box in the 65th minute and beating the goalkeeper on a one-versus-one. Vienneau rounded out the scoring at the 67:54 mark of the second half after taking advantage of a misplay by the L-R goalkeeper.

Lincoln Memorial's Kayla Stephens (Keller, Texas) earned the shutout victory in goal after stopping four shots while L-R junior goalkeeper Genny Little (Fredericksburg, Va.) suffered the loss. The shutout was Stephens' sixth of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, will wait to see if it advances to the national tournament on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Bears have made the playoffs the past three seasons.

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