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Converse Soccer Loses at Lincoln Memorial

Converse Soccer Loses at Lincoln Memorial

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The Converse (0-2) College soccer team fell to the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University on Tuesday afternoon at the LMU Soccer Complex. Lincoln Memorial scored five times in the first half followed by one in the second to take the 6-0 non-conference win.

Score: Converse 0, Lincoln Memorial 6
Records: Converse (0-2), Lincoln Memorial (2-0)
Location: LMU Soccer Complex, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tenn.


  • Darian Bankston was able to corral 15 saves in goal for the Valkyries.
  • LMU led 35-2 on shots, including 23-0 with shots on goal.


First Half

Lincoln Memorial wasted no time putting points on the board, collecting a goal on a header from Itzel Ballesteros just over a minute into the contest. The Railsplitters looked poised to double its lead in the 10th minute after a member of the front line gained a breakaway run, but Bankston made a spectacular save on the shot to preserve the one-goal deficit.

However, LMU was able to post four more goals before the end of the opening frame to take the five-goal lead into the halftime intermission.

Second Half

The majority of the second half was a defensive battle as Converse settled in and kept LMU off the attack. Aidyn Cantor tried to put the Valkyries on the board in the 72nd minute of action but her shot missed just right of the goal. Devyn Plyler also had a good look at the cage in the 78th minute, but her boot missed left.

LMU tacked on one more goal at the 83:14 mark of the period to round out all scoring and securing the 6-0 win.


The Valkyries will return to action on Saturday, September 14, playing host to Mount Olive in the Conference Carolinas and home opener. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.