The Spring Hill College women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 tie with William Carey University in a conference match at Library Field on Tuesday afternoon and in the process clinched a bid to Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) playoffs.
In a game dominated by midfield action, SHC broke on top first with senior midfielder Rachel Nance of St. Louis, Mo., scoring her first career goal in the 42nd minute of play. Nance took in a corner kick from freshman Tatiana Gonzalez of Ocean Springs, Miss., from five yards out and ripped a shot at goal that was at first saved by Carey's keeper Gemma Layfield, but Nance coolly collected the rebound and stuffed it home for the 1-0 Badger lead.
Carey (7-7-2, 5-4-2 SSAC), however, responded by coming out the locker room and scoring a goal off the foot of Courtney Brinson in the 49th minute to knot the score at 1-1.
From there, the defenses took over as neither team could find the back of the net through regulation and two overtimes of play.
SHC keeper freshman Abby Massengale of New Orleans, La., and Carey's Layfield each turned away eight shots with Massengale facing 22 shots and Layfield taking on 19 Badger bullets.
SHC took three corner kicks while Carey took two attempts from the corner.
Spring Hill (8-8-1, 5-5-1) will next visit cross-town rival and 5th-ranked the University of Mobile Lady Rams (14-2-1, 10-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the season's final regular season match for both squads.