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Gamecock soccer falls late to Belmont

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Claire Petersen scored the Gamecocks’ lone goal in Sunday’s loss to Belmont. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Logan Arnwine, Chanticleer Sports Reporter

The Belmont Bruins instantly set the pace of the game by applying pressure on the Gamecocks early on, which they carried to a 4-1 victory over Jacksonville State on Sunday, Oct. 1, in Nashville, Tenn.

Coming off their first conference victory against Austin Peay, the Gamecocks hoped to carry over any momentum into Belmont, but from the opening kick, the Bruins had other ideas.

In the first 20:06 of play, Belmont attempted seven shots on JSU’s senior goalkeeper, Caroline Robinson.

Robinson protected her team’s goal by applying heavy pressure on three shots, forcing them off target and saving another three.

The seventh and final shot found its way into the back of the net, thanks to a well-placed corner kick from Belmont’s senior forward Belicia Mendiola to junior midfielder Julie Boozer, who pushed the ball past the defense.

In the same amount of time, JSU attempted two shots, with neither able to tally the scoreboard.

Four shots were taken the rest of the half between the two teams: two by JSU and two by Belmont.

JSU received a penalty kick off a handball in the box from the corner.

This lined up junior midfielder, Claire Petersen to score on the PK to tie the contest 1-1 going into halftime.

Out of the half, Belmont set up a flurry of shot attempts by kicking eight unanswered by 16:23 into the second half.

Although not one of them ended in a goal, the eagerness for Belmont to score was rising.

Then, at 79:30 the Bruins finally kicked in a goal that would completely change the atmosphere of the game from a surprising nail biter to a downhill battle against the Gamecocks.

Belmont would then score two more goals to close out the match and win 4-1 at their well-respected home field, Rose Park.

What killed Jacksonville State was the shot comparison.

JSU had a total of six shots on the contest and only one in the second half, whereas, Belmont had 27 total and 18 in the second.

On the game, goalkeeper, Caroline Robinson, maintained to save eight shots.

Along with Claire Petersen’s goal, Danielle Monroe, Lindsay Albani, Kayla Thompson, and Nadia Plawiuk had shot attempts, with Thompson attempting two.

The Gamecocks’ overall record is currently at 4-7-2 and 1-4 in the conference.

They play the team below them in the Ohio Valley Conference standings, Eastern Illinois, Friday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. in efforts to solidify their second win in conference play.

Jacksonville State shocks Belmont to earn spot in OVC Finals

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Malcolm Drumwright scored 21 points to lead Jacksonville State past Belmont and into the OVC Finals. (Katy Nowak/JSU)

Daniel Mayes, Staff Reporter

The 4-seed Jacksonville State Gamecocks shocked top seed Belmont 65-59 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semifinal on Friday night to earn a spot in the OVC Finals against Tennessee Martin.

The Gamecocks now stand just one win away from an OVC Championship that would punch their ticket to the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

“That is one heck of a basketball team we just beat… we just made plays. We wouldn’t be denied,” JSU Coach Ray Harper said after the game.

Jacksonville State’s dynamic duo at the two guard positions, Malcolm Drumwright and Greg Tucker, were the driving force behind the Gamecocks’ upset bid.

Drumwright finished the game with 21 points to lead all scorers, and Tucker added 18 and six assists and scored 11 of his points in the second half alone to carry the Gamecocks across the finish line victorious.

Gamecocks and Bruins traded baskets early on as the two squads tried to gain their footing in the game, but a 13-0 run from JSU, gave the Gamecocks a 31-20 lead with 2:32 remaining in the first.

Belmont, however, proved that a team that dominated the OVC during the regular season to the tune of a 15-1 conference record would not go away easily.

A Dylan Windler 3-pointer broke the Bruins long scoring drought, and then four points from two-time OVC Player of the Year Evan Bradds followed by a 3-point play from Taylor Barnette cut JSU’s halftime lead to just 31-30.

Drumwright was on fire in the first half for the Gamecocks, scoring 11 points on 5-5 shooting in the first frame, and Norbertas Giga added seven of his own.

Giga also played a huge role in the JSU triumph.

The junior finished 11 points and seven rebounds and also played lockdown defense on Belmont’s Bradds despite playing through most of the second half with three personal fouls.

A Belmont 3-pointer tied the game at 33-33 just over a minute into the second half, but a jumper from Giga at the 18:02 mark gave the Gamecocks a lead they would never relinquish.

Although the Bruins never overcame JSU’s lead, they were not easily dispatched.

The Gamecock lead remained a single-digit margin throughout the second half, never growing larger than nine.

Belmont cut the JSU edge to four late in the game, but Drumwright drained a dagger from downtown to make the score 62-55.

The Bruins again cut the lead down to three with just 0:45 remaining after a Bradds basket and a steal and dunk from Windler.

However, a game tying attempt from Barnette missed the mark, and, on the Bruins’ next possession, a steal from Drumwright followed by two huge free throws iced the game at 65-59.

“We left Jacksonville with one thing in mind,” Coach Harper said. “We didn’t come here to play one game; we came here on a mission.”

Jacksonville State can accomplish that mission, capturing an OVC Championship, Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Nashville, when JSU will battle 2-seed UT Martin in the OVC Tournament finals.

Check out highlights of the game and JSU’s postgame presser below: