Despite loss, JSU Soccer clinches spot in OVC Tournament

~ JSU Sportswire

                                                          ~ JSU Sportswire

JACKSONVILLE – Southeast Missouri spoiled Jacksonville State’s senior day with a 3-0 win, but not all was lost with the result as the Gamecocks clinched a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference Soccer Tournament after Sunday’s results around the league.

The Gamecocks wrapped up the 2014 home schedule on a sour note with a pair of tough losses this weekend at the JSU Soccer Field.  Jax State heads in to the regular season finale on Friday at Tennessee Tech with a 9-8 overall mark and 5-4 against the OVC.  SEMO kept its chances at the regular season title with the result and moved to 6-3 in the league standings.  The Redhawks will earn the right to host the six-team tournament with a win over SIU Edwardsville next Friday.

With Austin Peay’s setback at UT Martin, JSU will make its fourth appearance in the league tournament and the first since 2005.

SEMO’s Jenna Collinridge registered two of SEMO’s three goals to lead the way to the road win.  She broke the scoreless deadlock in the 26th minute with a straight-on attempt near the top of the penalty box and sailed just inside the left post past JSU’s Caroline Robinson.  The Redhawks would maintain the advantage the rest of the opening half and until the 53rd minute of the contest.  Collinridge tacked on her second goal of the match after taking the deflection off of a Robinson’s save attempt off the foot of Breana Beine.

The Redhawks added an insurance goal in the 81st minute with a goal from Natasha Minor that was belted from 20 yards out.

JSU was limited in creating scoring chances throughout the contest, but had a few that it could not send in the back of the net.  Jax State finished one shot better than SEMO, 15-14 and had 10 of those attempts in the opening half.  Redshirt junior Courtney Hurt tallied a match-best six shots, while senior Jackie Rush posted three attempts.

The match marked the final outing at the JSU Soccer Field for five Gamecocks.  Prior to the match the 2014 senior class of Brianna Salverda, Kaitlyn Gregory, Rush, Lindsey Jackson and Jessica Monahan were honored.

JSU and Tech will square off in Cookeville, Tenn. at 3 p.m. on Halloween.

~ JSU Sportswire

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