BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union
College ended the regular season with a 2-1 Appalachian Athletic
Conference victory Saturday over visiting Reinhardt (Ga.) College,
completing an undefeated season in conference play.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 14-2-1 overall and 7-0 in the AAC. By virtue of winning the conference regular-season championship and being the No. 1 seed for the league tournament, Union will have a first-round bye in the tournament and will host the semifinal and championship rounds on Nov. 13 and 14.
Reinhardt dropped to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Union took the early advantage when Ashley Hall (Hazard, Ky.) streaked down the left side and deposited a nice setup pass from Renata Peixoto (Brasilia, Brazil) for a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.
It remained 1-0 until the 62nd when Reinhardt benefited from an own goal. Jessica Brandner (Independence, Ky.) attempted to clear a shot out of the mouth of the goal but knocked the ball into the goal instead, evening the score at 1-1.
Less than a minute later, however, Nikki Jeck (Richmond, Ky.) netted her first collegiate goal as she launched a shot 12 yards out on the left side of the goal and pocketed the ball high on the short side for a 2-1 Lady Bulldog lead.
Union outshot Reinhardt 18-11, but the Lady Eagles made the most of their attempts with seven shots on goal. The Lady Bulldogs has nine shots on goal.
Union will not play again until the semifinal round of the AAC Tournament on Nov. 13. The time and opponent of the game has yet to be determined.
Lady Bulldog Notes
- Ashley Hall is now tied with Marcela Salum (Guatemala City, Guatemala) for the team lead in goals with each having 15.
- Renata Peixoto recorded her NAIA-best 17th assist of the season. She now has 48 in her career, two shy of becoming the fifth player in program history to amass 50 in a career.
- Union ended the season 9-0-1 at home and are undefeated in its last 21 home games, going 20-0-1 during that stretch.