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JSU Soccer falls to Alabama

The Gamecocks dropped to 3-5 on the season after a 2-0 loss to non-conference opponent Alabama on Sunday.

The first period brought the only goals scored in the game, both by Alabama. One came at the 12:30 marker by Bama’s Celia Jimenez. The second and final goal was also by Jimenez and came at 40:25 into the first period.

Alabama took 38 shots total, 25 of which came in the first period alone. JSU took only six shots and were never able to connect for a goal. Despite the loss, the Gamecocks did manage to have 10 saves on the day from keeper Caroline Robinson. Alabama had three saves from first period keeper Kat Stratton.

Both Claire Petersen and Courtney Hurt had two shots each, while Kelsey Bright and Madison Carruthers had one. For UA, it was Jimenez who scored both of Bama’s goals and managed eight shots on the day.

The Gamecocks kept the Crimson Tide from scoring throughout the entire second half, despite the 13 shots that were taken by Alabama.

The Gamecocks fall to 3-5 overall. They begin conference play on Sept. 24 against Morehead State. They will play at home at the JSU Soccer Complex at 7 p.m.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Reporter

JSU Soccer ends regular season with win

JSU won their final regular season game against Tennessee Tech 2-1.

The Gamecocks will now be headed to the OVC tournament. This is the first trip to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament since 2005.

JSU scored quickly in this game in less than 10 minutes with both of their goals scored in the first half. Nicola Dominkovich scored the first goal with assists from Lindsey Jackson and Jackie Rush. In the 27th minute, Kelsey bright added the second goal of the game for JSU. Dominikovich was there this time for the assists. The goal was Bright’s 10th goal of the season. She joins Courtney Hurt with double-digit goals on the year. Bright had four of Jacksonville State’s nine shots on the day. The lone goal for Tennessee Tech was scored late in the 79th minute.

JSU was out-shot in the game as the Golden eagles had 10 shots to JSU’s nine. Freshman Caroline Robinson and sophomore Katie Thomas split goal-keeping duties. Robinson opened up and was goalie for the first half and had two saves. Thomas came in the second half to finish the game and had three saves.

This win was the Gamecock’s 10th win of the season and their sixth in conference play. So, the Gamecocks finished the regular season with an overall 10-9 record and 6-4 conference record.

For the seniors, this was the last regular season game they would play in their JSU career. The seniors on the team are Brianna Salverda, Kaitlyn Gregory, Jackie Rush, Lindsey Jackson, and Jessica Monahan.

For the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, the fifth seeded Gamecocks will face UT Martin Thursday, Nov. 6.

Continue to support the Jacksonville State Soccer team by watching their run in the Conference Tournament. There will be live updates on ovcsports.com as well as on jsugamecocksports.com.

Wesley Schultz
Staff Writer

JSU Soccer wins fourth straight

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JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State soccer team claimed its fourth consecutive match and its fifth Ohio Valley Conference win of the season after topping Belmont, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at the JSU Soccer Field.

After thumping Austin Peay on the road Friday evening, JSU completed the weekend sweep with the win over the Bruins.  Jax State improved to 9-7-0 on the season and 5-2 in the conference.  The five OVC wins is the most by a Gamecocks soccer squad since joining the league in 2003.  BU fell to 5-6-4 overall and 2-3-2 against the OVC.  With the win, the Gamecocks moved into a three-way tie for second in the league standings with three matches left on the docket.  Southeast Missouri and Murray State also have 5-2 records through the first seven matches of the season.  The Cougars of SIU Edwardsville currently lead the league with a 6-1 mark after downing Eastern Kentucky on Sunday.  JSU will host SIUE and SEMO next weekend.

JSU posted the lone first-half goal just past the midway point of the 45 minute half as senior Lindsey Jackson took a feed from redshirt junior Courtney Hurt and got past the Bruins’ defense for a one-on-one attack with the goalkeeper.  Jackson, from Marietta, Ga., angled the ball past BU’s Lindsey Espe for her second goal of the weekend.  The offensive opportunities were limited by both sides as JSU had five shots in the first half, while BU was credited with six.

The Gamecocks’ have one of the most explosive offenses in the OVC and it showed why with three goals within a seven-minute span in the second half.  Junior Kelsey Bright tallied her first of two goals on the day at the 50th minute.  Sophomore Carsen Taylor flicked the ball past Espe to Bright for the open net score.  Taylor, who manufactured the second goal of the day, etched her name in the scoring column after taking a rebound shot that was blocked by BU in front of the goal in the 53rd minute.  It was Carsen’s first goal of her career and would be the eventual game-winner after BU tacked on a pair of late goals.

Bright now shares the team lead in goals after finalizing the JSU scoring in the 57th minute.  Sophomore Abbey Clausen and Hurt created the scoring opportunity with Bright capitalizing on the play.  The Kingwood, Texas-native has nine goals on the season, sharing that spot with Hurt.

The Bruins, feeling the pressure of a 4-0 deficit, started to get more opportunities in the second half as they carded 17 of their 22 shots in the second half.  Taylor Smith put BU on the scoreboard in the 60th minute, while Belicia Mendiola netted a ball from a corner kick.

Freshman Caroline Robinson had another solid outing in the net with a career-high 12 saves in the win.

Jax State looks to cap off an unblemished home conference mark next weekend with a pair of home matches against SIUE and SEMO.  The SIUE contest is set for Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., while SEMO will visit Sunday for a 1 p.m. dual.  Sunday’s match will also be senior day and the 2014 senior class will be honored prior to the match.  Free pizza and free t-shirts will be handed out to the first 75 fans.

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Rush’s hat trick leads JSU to victory

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Jackie Rush was the superstar of Sunday’s soccer game as she propelled the Jacksonville State Gamecocks to their seventh season win last weekend for their domination over the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

The win makes four out of five home game wins for the Gamecocks and makes their Ohio Valley Conference Record 3-2. The loss drops EIU’s record to 2-19-2 overall and 1-4-1 in the OVC.

All three goals by senior Jackie Rush were achieved in the first 35 minutes and all goals of the game were completed by the 38 minute mark. This makes her seventh goal of the season and also makes her the first player to score a hat trick since Lindsay Boehmler in 2008 against Alabama State; this is the first one since the Gamecocks joined the OVC.

The Gamecocks were determined for a victory as Katt Dowd attempted the first goal at the 5:18 mark which was blocked by EIU goalie Emily Hinton. The Gamecocks stayed with the attack as Rush scored her first goal quickly under 11 minutes into the game.

The Gamecocks wasted no time as Rush scored again at just under 19 minutes from a header off of a free kick from the left side. She was assisted by both Courtney Hurt and Kelsey Bright on her second goal of the game. The last of Rush’s goals was scored at 32 minutes.  Eastern Illinois scored one goal at 38 minutes, but it was not enough as The Gamecocks were just too good. The Gamecocks outshot the Panthers 23 to 10 that day.

The Gamecocks go on to play Austin Peavey on Friday, Oct. 17 and then have a home game on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 pm. Come out and support the Gamecocks as the continue on in OVC play. View statistics and scores at jsugamecocksports.com.

Alyssa Cunningham
Staff Writer

JSU Soccer downs the Colonels

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Steve Lathan/JSU

Jacksonville State beat the Eastern Kentucky Colonels on last Sunday afternoon in a 2-1 win for the Gamecocks. The win brought the Gamecocks’ record to 6-7 and 2-2 for the Ohio Valley Conference. This marks the first win against Eastern Kentucky since 2006.

The Colonels gained an early lead when Cassie Smith slammed the ball in the left corner of the goal with an assist from Logan Harvey at the 3:04 mark. The game got dirty with seven fouls for EKU and four fouls for JSU. The first half ended with the Colonels ahead.

However, the Gamecocks came back when junior Kelsey Bright scored at the 63 minute mark when she drew the keeper out with an assist from senior Jackie Rush. Five minutes later, the Gamecocks landed another point when redshirt junior Courtney Hurt completed her penalty kick, making her eighth goal of the season so far.

The Gamecocks were on fire as goalie Caroline Robinson only had to make two saves against EKU. The Colonels goalie, Anna Hall, had to make five saves. The Gamecocks also had seven shots on goal as opposed to the three that EKU managed. This explosive win comes after a two-game loss against Morehead State and Murray State.

The Gamecocks are currently ranked fifth out of the 11 teams in the Ohio Valley Conference with six games still left in the season, and all of them against OVC teams. The Gamecocks will play Eastern Illinois on Sunday at 1 p.m. at home. For all game information and stats, go to jsugamecocksports.com. 

Alyssa Cunningham
Staff Writer