ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.– Rachel Taylor found the back of the net just two minutes into play Lincoln Memorial broke a 1-1 tie on a header from Ermelinda Pantaleao later in the half to give Lincoln Memorial more than enough offense to top the UNC Pembroke soccer team, 3-1, on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
UNCP (14-5-1) finished the season with 14 or more wins for the just the fourth time in the 19-year history of the program, and fueled that win total with a school-record eight road victories. The Railsplitters (17-5-0) advance through to Sunday where they will face the winner of Friday evening's matchup between top-seeded Flagler and eighth-seeded Catawba.
|2'||Rachel Taylor scored the first goal of the game off a rebound shot from Itzel Ballesteros who was credited with the assist.|
|29'||Bayley Dawson played a ball in the air to Rilee Seering who was able to head it in the goal to knot the score at one apiece.|
|33'||Lincoln Memorial used a corner kick that culminated with a finish from Ermelinda Pantaleao who headed it into the back of the net. Itzel Ballesteros picked up her second assist of the contest.|
|76'||Itzel Ballesteros continued to produce for Lincoln Memorial's offense with her 10th goal of the season. Daisy Drake earned the assist.|
|+ Rilee Seering's first-half score marked her 10th goal of the season. It is the first time since 2014 (Rae-Shawna Campbell) that a UNCP player has finished with a double-digit goal output.
+ Bayley Dawson logged her second assist of the year, but her first since logging an assist in the season opener with Belmont Abbey.
+ Junior Paula Valbuena attempted four shots on the afternoon. It is the 13th time this season that Valbuena has turned in multiple shots.
|+ The Braves were outshot 11-8, including a 7-2 disadvantage in the shots on goal category.
+ Friday's contest marked the Black & Gold's fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UNCP made previous appearances in the NCAA postseason in 2008, 2010 and 2017.