Lady Flames Soccer Capture SSAC Tournament Title

Saturday, November 10, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Lee women's soccer team will leave a Southern States Athletic Conference exactly the way they started some nine years ago; with a victory.

The Lady Flames protected their No. 1 ranking and captured the SSAC tournament title with an overwhelming 5-1 victory over Faulkner University on Saturday afternoon at the Emory-Folmar Complex. Lee will depart from the SSAC and NAIA after this season.

Coach Matt Yelton will also be leaving with some type of unofficial record.
It marked the 11th straight year that the women's soccer team has claimed a conference championship. The Lady Flames will take a 17-1-1 record into their final NAIA national tournament.

Lee went right to work in the opening 11 minutes. Ashley Aragona scored on a double assist from Leah Fortune and Christina Bovbjerg. Just over one minute later, the tourney MVP Ode Fulutudilu put the Lady Flames up 2-0 on a nicely played assist from Aragona.

Lee wasn't done. A goal by Charlotte Cantlett gave Yelton's club a commanding 3-0 lead at the half. Fortune picked up her second assist of the contest.

The Eagles tried to come fighting back early in the second half. Cassie Wilson slipped in an unassisted goal at the 48:15 mark. In fact it took Lee goalie Leah Wilson's only save of the game to keep Faulkner off the board again.

The rally ended quickly when Melin Niedermayer tallied an unassisted goal and put the Lady Flames back up by a comfortable 4-1 margin.  The final tally came off the foot of Bovbjerg in the 62nd minute. Fulutudilu carded the assist.

Lee out-shot Faulkner by a commanding 28-5. The Lady Flames had 17 shots on goal and Caitlin Sebert had 10 saves in the defeat.

"I'm really proud of how our team performed this weekend," said Yelton who will now prepare his Lady Flames for an opening round of the NAIA national tournament at the Lee Soccer Field next Saturday. "We knew we would have to play well with the SSAC being so good this year, but I was thrilled with the quality of our play and thought we performed at one of the highest levels that we have all year."

Yelton praised the work of his defense. "We put in another great defensive performance this weekend by really limiting our opponents chances. We also did a great job of creating some really quality goal scoring opportunities. We had some unselfish play that led to several different players getting their name of the scoresheet."

The Lee skipper quickly turned his attention towards a fifth straight national title. "We will see how the national tournament bracket shapes up on Monday, but we know we are only guaranteed one more game and whoever we draw we will have to be at our best in every game from this point forward." 

GPS Soccer Loses To Harpeth Hall

GPS soccer was beaten by Harpeth Hall on Friday, with a score of 2-0. The new record for GPS is 7-1-1. Harpeth Hall's Keyle Snyder had one goal and one assist, and Emily Large had one goal and one assist. Savannah Williams for GPS had seven saves. (click for more)

Dalton State Volleyball Falls In New Orleans

It took five games of hard fought volleyball, but the Loyola Wolf Pack (5-9, 2-4) bested the Dalton State Roadrunners (5-4, 1-3) The first set was close all the way with the teams swapping leads throughout the contest.   The Wolf Pack broke a 24-24 tie to go up by one (25-24), but the Roadrunners scored the final three points for the first set win, 27-25. Loyola never ... (click for more)

Woman Shot And Killed In Catoosa County Residence

A woman is dead after a shooting in Catoosa County. According to Sheriff Gary Sisk, around noon on Friday, sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to 227 Smoketree Circle, Ringgold, Catoosa County, in reference to a subject being shot.   Upon arrival, officers located two females and one male at the residence. One of the women was observed lying at ... (click for more)

Trooper Discovers Large Amount Of Drugs On Traffic Stop In Marion County

A member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s East Bureau Interdiction Plus team initiated a traffic stop   on Thursday   in Marion County that resulted in the discovery of 60 pounds of marijuana. During the traffic stop, the suspect fled the scene and is at large at this time. Trooper Brent McCawley stopped a Lexus ES300 for a traffic violation on Interstate 24 westbound ... (click for more)

You’re Right With Lamar

One of Tennessee’s favorite sons, Davy Crockett, coined an oft-used phrase:  “Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.” Being sure is quite important, but may be difficult in this election cycle. The Democratic nominee campaigning against Lamar Alexander is a man whose radio ads call for “change,” “fair” taxes and more jobs.  Sounds good, huh?   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Okay … here we go. A number of readers have complained that I haven’t shared any jokes that my friends send to my email address so on a weekend when our Volunteers and Mocs are idle, let’s laugh a little:   I was sitting in a bar one afternoon with an old friend knocking back a few beers when he said, "You know, if we're not careful we'll end up like those two old drunks ... (click for more)