Baylee Morris, Sports Correspondent
On Sunday afternoon, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the Hornets of Alabama State had a thrilling match-up. The Gamecocks came into the soccer match-up with a record of 2-3 and the Hornets with a record of 1-2. After the match-up, the Hornets tacked on a loss at the hands of the Gamecocks.
The ladies of JSU had a big and thrilling game that went into double over-time. In the first half of the match on Sunday, the Gamecocks dropped two goals against the Hornets. Coming into the second half, the Gamecocks were able to tack on two goals.
The first half of the game was dominated by the Hornets. Their two goals in the first half were their only two scored in the whole match. The Hornets first goal came from Isabella Beortegui in minute 27 of the game. Their second goal came courtesy of Janae Brown in minute 34. Both of their goals came from assists from two other Lady Hornets.
The second half of the game, however, was controlled by the Gamecocks. The two goals scored in the second half were courtesy of Senior Emma Meadows and Junior Alicia Pallister.
“Scoring a goal in the game meant a lot to me, especially since it was my third of the season so far,” said Meadows. “It’s good to get a confidence boost before OVC starts and it always feels good to help the team out…The win against Alabama State was huge for our team. We were losing 2-0 at halftime even though we knew we were the better team and we came back to win 3-2 in double overtime.”
Meadow’s goal marked her third one of her senior season and was set up for her by the Freshman Cynthia Bagozzi. Pallister, however, had four shots on the day before connecting with one and tying the match up to send the game into overtime. Meadows has played an integral role for the gamecocks. Along with her three goals of the season, Meadows has also recorded six shots on goal and played an impressive 525 within just the first six games of the season.
“That was one of the hottest games I’ve ever played in and we didn’t have a lot of subs on the bench, so it just showed how hard our team worked and how bad we wanted to win,” said Meadows.
Throughout the final minutes of the second half there were many chances for Gamecocks to score, but they just couldn’t make it work. After a scoreless first overtime, Pallister assisted Senior Rachel Blanding and she scored not only the game winning shot, but the first score of her senior season.
“I’d say I think it was a relief for me but also for the team just because we needed momentum for our following weekend and not only winning that game I think helped our attitude, but it was a relief for me getting my first seasonal goal in, so I’ll be hungrier to score more,” said Blanding about her game winning shot.
With the thrilling win the Gamecocks look to extend their win streak this Thursday against the University of Alabama with kickoff at 7 p.m. and at JSU soccer complex.
Photo courtesy of Matt Reynolds/JSU