Soccer earns first USA South win

Staunton, Va. – The William Peace Pacers claimed their second soccer victory of the season with a 3-1 defeat of the host Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels on Sunday. The three goals scored by the Pacers tied a season-high for the club and the win snapped a 24-game USA South losing streak.

Freshman Marianna Mitterling got Peace (2-13, 1-7) out to an early lead when she took a feed from Melissa Moran and snuck the ball in under keeper Erin Dullahan just 2:18 into the match.

Later in the first half, Moran tallied her first goal of the season and allowed the Pacers to take a two-goal advantage into halftime.

Mary Baldwin cut the deficit in half midway through the second period when Caitlin Novak drove one past Peace keeper Sydney Melchert. But the Pacers clinched the game when Sabre Jessup scored with 7:22 left in the contest.

Melchert played all 90 minutes in goal for Peace, made four saves and picked up her second win of the season.

The victory snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Pacers, who earned their first win since a 3-0 decision over Sweet Briar in the first match of the season. It was the first conference win since Peace downed Mary Baldwin, 6-4, on October 2, 2010.

The Pacers return to action Saturday, when they host the first-place Averett Cougars at 2:00 PM at Koka Booth Stadium.

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