The Spring Hill College women's soccer team took a crucial 3-2 victory over Faulkner University in a conference match at Library Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With the win the Badgers now find them themselves in 7th place in the conference standings, but at the same time they are just a half-game ahead of Belhaven for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championship Tournament with Belhaven holding the head-to-head advantage.
Spring Hill College scored first in the 35th minute of play when senior Elaine Femmer of St. Louis, Mo., converted an assist by freshman Megan Fox of Niceville, Fla., into a goal.
The Eagles (7-6-1, 5-5 SSAC) answered back in the 43rd minute with an unassisted goal by Cassie Wilcox.
Then just before the halftime intermission, senior Abby Galen of St. Louis put the Badgers up 2-1 with a penalty kick tally in the 44th minute.
Wilcox, however, came out of the break ready to play and rammed home a score off an assist from Samantha Ruddick to knot the game at 2-2 in the 48th minute.
The Badgers picked themselves up and just three minutes later scored what would be the winning goal when Femmer converted a pass from senior Katie Pendergast into a goal in the 51st minute.
Freshman keeper Abby Massengale (7-7) of New Orleans, La., was the winner in-goal with eight saves against 21 Faulkner shots while Caitlin Sebert took the loss for the Eagles with three saves versus 14 SHC shots.
Faulkner took five corner kicks and SHC earned just two corner opportunities on the afternoon.
Spring Hill (8-8, 5-5) will next host conference foe William Carey (7-6, 5-3) this Tuesday at 1 p.m. on Library Field. Before the match, SHC will honor the 2011-12 senior players with its annual Senior Day ceremony.