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COLLEGE SOCCER: Newton County alums face off in Truett McConnell-Reinhardt match
Sydney Ziglar
Truett McConnell freshman Sydney Ziglar (#21 blue) gets set to pass the ball forward in the second half. -photo by Mike Harrison

WALESKA, Ga. — The Reinhardt University Eagles hosted the Truett McConnell Bears in a Saturday afternoon women's soccer match in Waleska that had a local flare.

Former Eastside Lady Eagle, Morgan Green, a junior transfer to Reinhardt from Georgia Military College, faced off against former Alcovy Lady Tiger, Sydney Ziglar, a freshman at Truett McConnell. 

The squads came into the match tied for first place in the NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference with identical 2-0 records, and the game marked the first time the two standout players had met on the pitch. It would be Truett McConnell coming away with a 1-0 win.

Morgan Green
Reinhardt University junior Morgan Green looks for options downfield Saturday against Truett McConnell. -photo by Mike Harrison

Green started the game on defense and helped Reinhardt keep the Lady Bears in check in the first half. Green would prove a force on the field the entire match. Although the match was locked in a scoreless tie at halftime, once Ziglar was inserted into Truett's offensive attack as a substitute, she provided an immediate spark. 

Green started the second half as an attacking midfielder and helped create better scoringopportunities for Reinhardt (4-3, 2-1 AAC). Ziglar came on for about 20 minutes in the second half as she did in the first half. 

In the end it was Ziglar who provided a beautiful 30-yard through-ball on the Lady Bears game winning goal by Lydia Williams with 22:40 left in the match. It was her first collegiate assist. 

With the 1-0 win Truett McConnell (5-1, 3-0 AAC) took sole possession of first place in the AAC.