Preston Odam, Correspondent
JSU faced off against JSU in Jacksonville State’s soccer home opener against the Tigers of Jackson State. The Gamecocks won in a 2-0 victory Sunday, August 22.
This match made for a nice recovery after the Gamecocks fell in their first game of the season at the University of Alabama. Jacksonville State came out the gates especially aggressive ending with 19 total shots on goal compared to just 6 by Jackson State.
Within the fifth minute of the game, Jacksonville State had their first goal after junior Ali Thomas knocked in the first goal off an assist from freshman Katie Moore. Ali Thomas eventually would end the match with a team high four shots.
While still leading 1-0, Nyeemah Prescod-Beckles came off the bench and connected on the second goal for the Gamecocks in minute 63. This was Beckles’ first goal as a Gamecock, and she finished the game with three shots on goal.
Jacksonville State soccer coach Neil Macdonald complimented his top performers to the Jax State Sports Information Department when he stated, “Ali Thomas always deserves to get a goal because of her work ethic. She is just ready to bounce on anything and she closes on the ball really well. I thought Nyeemah Prescod-Beckles had a really good goal. She really looks like a different kid from last year and she is really confident and you can tell she has the ability.”
Jacksonville State had multiple other exceptional performers in the game as well. Briana Eads and Anna Catherine Mikkelson both added three shots. While freshman Kylie Wells added a pair of shots as well.
Jacksonville State faces off against Alabama State in Montgomery Friday, August 27, at 6 p.m. on the Alabama State home field. The Gamecocks return home for a match against another instate foe in the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Sunday, August 29, at 1 p.m.