Josie Howell, Sports Editor
As the University of Alabama headed to Jacksonville this past Thursday, Gamecock fans were all looking forward to an exciting match up against this SEC team. Alabama came onto the field with a record of 4-2-1 and JSU with a 3-4 overall record.
In the first half, Alabama was able to bring in 10 shot attempts and JSU with two, but both teams proved they had impressive defenses ending the half with a 0-0 score. In the second half, the Crimson Tide came onto the field with a vengeance. The Tide made a comeback scoring three goals in the last 45 minutes. The Crimson Tide out shot the Gamecocks 20-2 for the entire match up. The Tide was also able to earn 14 corner kicks while keeping the Gamecocks from attempting any.
In less than two minutes into the second half, Brynn Martin of the Crimson Tide was finally able to put Alabama on the scoreboard with an assist from Taylor Morgan and Bella Scaturro. The next goal for the Tide was brought in by Casey Wertz, which was also her third goal of the season. Wertz’s goal was assisted by Abby Bivens. Not seven minutes later, Riley Mattingly brought in the third and final goal for the Tide with a free kick.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Niel MacDonald believes that this was the Gamecocks best played game of the season. The two shot attempts from the Gamecocks were from Nadia Plawiuk who played 74 out of the 90 minutes and Cynthia Bagozzi who played for the entire 90 minutes of the game. Both players have been an integral part of the team this season. Plawiuk accounted for an impressive 10 shots for the season after also playing Mercer on Sunday. Bagozzi has also showed out this season bringing in a total of three goals so far and an incredible 17 shots.
Two other players that head coach Neil MacDonald gave credit to in the UA match up was Emma Meadows and Cheyenne Carden. Although they didn’t record any stats during this game, they both played for the entire 90 minutes of the game. So far this season, Meadows has brought in three goals for the team and seven shots while also recording 705 minutes of playing time in the last eight match ups. Carden has brought a total of two shots for the season and 13 shots. She has also accounted for 712 minutes for the season.
The Gamecocks will be playing at home Friday, September 20 against Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 22 against Morehead State at 1 p.m. To keep up with the action, follow the Gamecocks on Twitter and Instagram at “JSUgamecocksSOC” and on Facebook at Jacksonville State Athletics.
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