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Bears Edge Soccer, 2-1

Annah Bishop on defense
Photo credit to Sarah Moore

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The visiting NCAA Division II Shaw University Bears edged Meredith College 2-1 in Sunday's non-conference women's soccer pairing.

The Bears controlled much of the first 45 minutes of play with six shots to just one from Meredith, as well as eight fouls for Shaw and none for the Avenging Angels. SU's Fenja Soeth scored the first point of the match off a serve from teammate Azul Mardueno for a 1-0 first half Bears lead.

Twenty minutes into the second stanza, Meredith battled for the ball deep into their offensive territory. Kaelin Sanderford slipped the ball back to Morgan Thomas, who drove in a short shot past the SU keeper to even the score.

Both teams played with a heightened sense of urgency as time ticked off the clock. But Shaw's Soeth stripped the Meredith defense of the ball near center field and dribbled her way to the goal for a 2-1 Bears advantage.

As the teams jockeyed for an advantage, Shaw picked up three second-half yellow cards. But the SU offense continued to attack, outshooting the Angels 9-3 down the stretch. Meredith's back line led by Katie Quinn and Annah Bishop interrupted Shaw's attack, and Miranda Lutz closed out the Angels' defense with seven stops in goal, including four quick saves in the final four and one half minutes of regulation.

Shianne Duplantis earned the win for Shaw, entering the match after the intermission, with two saves. Caylie Hartman guarded the goal for the first 45 minutes.

The Avenging Angels travel to Ferrum College Wednesday for a 6 p.m. match versus the former USA South foe. Meredith returns to their home turf next Saturday for a 1 p.m. start versus Washington & Lee.