Scots advance to championship bout via Hill's early goal

Scots advance to championship bout via Hill's early goal

Maryville College Women's Soccer advanced to the USA South Championship on Saturday, as the Scots knocked off Covenant College, 1-0, in Greensboro, N.C.

The Scots will face Piedmont College tomorrow in hopes of their second USA South tournament crown since joining the league in 2012.

"It's huge," Associate Head Coach Jon Baker said. "For this group to get to the semifinal last year – even though they were the host – to get to that point and not get to the championship, it was a big hurdle for them. So, they're excited to be in the final."

The Lions had a huge upset in the semifinals, as they advance to take on Maryville.

Greensboro College – the tournament's top-ranked squad – was defeated earlier today. Piedmont College knocked off the 17-0 Pride by the score of 2-1 in double-overtime.

Maryville College struck first in the eighth minute. Bailey Sipos took a pass at midfield from Miranda Lukas, as the reigning USA South Player of the Year dribbled 40 yards toward the middle of the box. At the 18, Sipos dished a sideways pass to a streaking Lexie Hill, as Hill outran her defender down the right side. Hill dribbled twice, flicking a slow-roller into the lower left corner from 6 yards out for a 1-0 lead at 7:13.

"That was huge," Baker said. "That was huge, as we were able to get off to an early lead. We're somewhat disappointed we didn't get more. We had a spell just after that goal where we could have maybe had one or two more. The fact that she got us off to a good start with a very good finish, it was fantastic."

The score would remain a 1-nil lead in favor of the Scots at the break. Maryville held a 6-3 lead in shots, as they tallied four shot on goal. Covenant managed just one shot on frame in the opening half, as keeper Abbey Coleman turned it away to preserve the advantage.

Both teams were knotted with a three corners each in the first 45 minutes overall.

Maryville's defensive front would hold in the second half to preserve the one-goal win.

Coleman turned away a trio of saves in the match, as Covenant managed to outshoot MC 6-2 in the second half.

First touch for tomorrow's championship bout is set for 2:00 p.m. Follow along via live stats and live video to cheer the Scots on in Greensboro, N.C.