Daniel Mayes, Staff Reporter
The Jacksonville State University Soccer team fell to in-state foe South Alabama 3-1 on Sunday to close out the Jaguar Invitational held on USA’s campus.
The Gamecocks played rival Troy to a 0-0 draw on Friday to begin the event before taking on the Jaguars.
The South Alabama Jaguars capitalized on a couple of mistakes by JSU to outpace the Gamecocks, as USA’s two converted penalty shots proved to be the difference in the Jaguars’ two-goal win.
After a foul on JSU’s Alicia Pallister, South Alabama’s Tiina Trusti sent home the penalty kick in the sixth minute that gave the Jaguars the early lead in the match.
Despite allowing eight more shots in the first period, JSU did not let the Jaguars find the back of the net again in the first 45 minutes of the match.
JSU goaltender Caroline Robinson stopped the two shots that the Jaguars managed to get on goal in the first. Robinson finished the match with four saves.
The Gamecocks got only two shots off in the first 45 but were unable to get either past Jaguar goaltender Justice Stanford, and USA took their 1-0 advantage into the break.
However, Jacksonville State knotted the match up quickly after the second frame began. In the 53rd minute, Danielle Monroe converted on a goal to make the tally 1-1 with the help of Danelle Lindo, who got the assist credit.
Lindo found Monroe with a long ball over the top, and Monroe found the back of the net for her fourth goal of her sophomore season.
The contest did not remain tied for long however, as USA’s Rio Hardy converted on another penalty shot in the 55th minute, this time after a foul on Adrianna Karpa of the Gamecocks.
Jacksonville State was unable to muster any more offense in the match, and, in the 86th minute, Hardy put home another goal for the Jaguars, effectively icing the game and ensuring a victory for USA.
The Jaguars’ win was their first of the season, and their record moves to 1-4 on the year.
After the draw followed by the loss in the Jaguar Invitational, Jacksonville State’s record stands at an even 2-2-2, with two wins, losses and draws apiece this season. The Gamecocks will next see action on Sept. 8 on the road against the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe.