Gamecocks shutout by Gardner-Webb in 1-0 loss

Courtesy of JSU Athletics

Thomas Ashworth, Sports Editor

The Gamecocks women’s soccer team’s 3-game win streak came to a close on Friday night in a 1-0 loss to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Despite the shutout, the Gamecocks were aggressive with the ball, racking up a season-high 35 shots and a season-high 10 corner kicks. The Gamecocks also tied their season high with 13 shots on goal, matching that of their game against Alabama A&M in their last match.

“It is hard to be disappointed in the performance because we obviously dominated the game from start to finish and the result is not very good. I think when you create 35 chances in a game, you should be winning the game,” said head coach Neil Macdonald. “We got caught sleeping on one play.”

The Gamecocks let up one goal at the 42:12 mark, with a goal from senior Maddie Turlington, who was a Big South Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2020. Jaasiel Ford, a senior from Trinidad and Tobago, was able to pick up an assist on the lone goal of the match.

Freshman Kylie Wells led the Gamecocks with eight shots and four shots on goals, both career highs for her in a Gamecocks uniform. 

“We just have to reboot and have a good active recovery session on Saturday to get everyone in a positive frame of mind,” said Macdonald. “We will focus on the good things we did tonight and the thing with college soccer, you have to regroup quickly whether you win or lose with a quick turnaround.”

The Gamecocks will travel to Troy, Alabama to play the Troy Trojans on Sept. 9, then will head to Statesboro, Georgia to play a match against the Georgia Southern Eagles on Sept. 12. Both of these games will be available to watch on ESPN+. The Gamecocks’ next home game will be against former OVC rival Belmont on Sept. 16. 

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