MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Not only was there was a definite nip in the air at the Maryville College Soccer Field for the USA South Conference Semifinal clash on Friday, November 8, the on the field action was spicy as the two teams combined for seven yellow cards. Maryville not only captured the battle of yellow cards (4-3) and narrowly edged Salem on the scoreboard 2-1 as the Scots advanced to the title game to face Covenant on Saturday evening.
Courtney Chaplin gave the Spirits (12-6-1) life at the 68:11 mark when she converted a penalty kick, following a foul committed in the box by Maryville.
Maryville (14-4) netted the first goal of the match at the 11:01 mark of the first half, by virtue of an own goal, which caromed off the back of Spirits' Chsplin left side of the post, following a shot on goal by the Scots' Shannon Reagan.
The Scots stretched the lead to 2-0 just over 11 minutes later, at the 22:59 mark, when Jenna Clothier converted a penalty kick following a Salem handball. Maryville would maintain that two-goal edge as the two teams headed to the intermission.
Salem's senior goalkeeper Hannah Wagner was peppered with 10 shots on goal by the Scots, but she converted eight saves, marking her second-most single-match saves of the season.
Offensively, Salem tallied six shots (two shots on goal) and was led by four from Chaplin.