Maryville defeats Salem, 2-1, to advance to the USA South Women's Soccer Championship match

Maryville defeats Salem, 2-1, to advance to the USA South Women's Soccer Championship match

Maryville College Women's Soccer advanced to the USA South Athletic Conference Championship match, as the Scots held off Salem College in the second half, 2-1.

Maryville's Jenna Clothier tallied the game-winning goal, as the Spirits allowed an own goal early.

With the win, the Scots advance to take on West Division second-seeded Covenant College. The Battle of the Scots – championship edition – is slated for MC's home pitch on Saturday, Nov. 9. First touch is set for 6:00 p.m.

Covenant advanced over East Division top-seeded Greensboro College by way of penalty kicks in the first semifinal of the day.

Maryville College got on the board first early in the first half. In the 12th minute, the Scots tallied their first point on a Salem College own goal. MC's Shannon Reagan's shot ricocheted off the post, as the Spirits' Courtney Chaplin tried to defend. The ball deflected off the post, hitting Chaplin in the back before going into the lower-right corner of the net. At 11:01, the Scots led 1-0.

In the 20th and 21st minutes, Maryville added a flurry of chances. MC had three key opportunities, as Hannah Clothier forced a diving save by Hannah Wagner. Jenna Clothier and Taylor Frizen made the senior keeper make a couple more quick saves, as the scored remained at 1-0.

The Scots made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute, however, after a hand ball was called in the box. Junior Jenna Clothier notched the penalty-kick goal with a low shot to the right side. Wagner's dive came up empty-handed, for the junior's eighth goal of the season.

That's where the score would remain at the half, as the Scots held a 7-5 advantage on shots. MC had five shots on frame to just one from the Spirits, as the two teams combined for 12 fouls.
Maryville also held a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks.

The second half saw a much quicker pace, as the physicality of the match escalated. The squads combined for 18 second-half fouls and seven yellow cards, as Salem took advantage of that pace.

A hard foul from behind in the box allowed the Spirits to have a penalty kick opportunity. Chaplin took that kick, as her shot sailed into the mid-left corner of the net to make it a one-goal affair. Chaplin's sixth goal of the year made it a 2-1 score at the 68:11 mark.

Maryville battled it out the rest of the half, as Abbey Coleman turned away some key Salem opportunities.

Maryville College (14-4) was led by Jenna Clothier who had a goal on four shots. She had a pair of shots on goal, as did Frizen and Reagan. Reagan had four shots, while Frizen and Hannah Clothier had three shots each.

Coleman had a save in her 90 minutes of action.

Salem College (12-6-1) saw Chaplin add four of their six shots. She had one on frame with a goal.