MUNCIE, Ind. – Jacksonville State closed out the non-conference schedule on Saturday with a 3-1 setback to Ball State at the Briner Sports Complex.
The Gamecocks wrapped up the out of conference slate with a 4-5 mark and now turn their attention to Ohio Valley Conference play beginning on Friday, Sept. 26 against defending OVC regular season champion UT Martin. The JSU-UTM league lid-lifter is set for 7 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field.
JSU could not overcome two first half goals by the Cardinals of BSU, but gained momentum in the second half with a goal by freshman Kayla Thompson. BSU (4-1-2) put its first of two goals before the 17th minute on Elaina Musleh goal ten minutes deep in to the contest. Musleh connected on a shot from the right side of the net.
BSU’s Gabby Veldman tacked on the second goal of the half in the 16th minute after a rebound shot off of JSU goalkeeper Meara Johnson. The Cardinals tallied five first-half shot attempts, while limiting the Gamecocks to just three in the first 45 minutes. BSU, who finished with 14 total shots, had nine in the season half. JSU was credited with five total shots in the setback.
JSU sliced the 2-0 deficit in the 51st minute after Thompson beat a Cardinal defender and went one-on-one with the BSU keeper. The netted ball was Thompson’s third of her career after registering her first career goal against in the Mississippi Valley State contest. The Brandon, Miss.-native had two of the Gamecocks’ five shots. Sophomore Mackenzie Bellows posted two shots, including one on-goal attempt.
The JSU-UTM match up will be available on the OVC Digital Network. Admission to all JSU Soccer matches is free.
MONTGOMERY – Jacksonville State netted a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes of its Sunday match with Alabama State to cruise to a 3-0 win over the Hornets at the Alabama State Soccer Stadium.
The win moved the Gamecocks to 4-4 on the season and the first win of their four-match road trip that began last Sunday. JSU picked up a weekend split after falling to Troy on Friday evening. ASU fell to 3-5 overall.
Junior Kelsey Bright registered her sixth goal of the season almost 10 minutes deep in to the contest. The Kingwood, Texas native lofted a ball over the Hornets’ keeper in to the top right corner of the goal. Bright’s scoring play was set up by senior Brianna Salverda, who was credited with her first career assist.
Jax State added its second goal in the first 15 minutes off the foot of sophomore Nicola Dominikovich. After Jackie Rush’s shot was blocked by the ASU keeper, Dominikovich finished the scoring threat with a goal. It was her third goal of the season after recording a pair against Mississippi Valley State earlier in the season.
Defensively, the Gamecocks were equally impressive by allowing just five shots for the entire 90 minutes. ASU’s first shot came 30 minutes in to the opening half as Aaliyah Lewis’ attempt was saved by JSU keeper, Meara Johnson. Johnson posted her second shutout of the season.
JSU finished with 19 total shots, including nine on-goal chances. Rush turned in a match-high four shots. Bright tallied three shots, while Dominikovich and Mackenzie Bellows added a pair of shots.
Bellows added JSU’s third goal in the 69th minute after ASU’s Zaria Maynard was issued a yellow card inside the box. Bellows scored her fourth goal of the season after a successful penalty kick.
The Gamecocks wrap up their four-match road trip next weekend with a rare Saturday-only match. The Red and White will trek to Muncie, Indiana to face off with Ball State on Sept. 20. Match time is set for 1 p.m. It will be the second meeting all time between the Gamecocks and Cardinals. The only previous meeting came during the 2001 season in a tournament hosted by Southeast Missouri. BSU claimed a 1-0 decision.
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State soccer team established a program record and an Ohio Valley Conference mark for goals in a single game with a 15-0 thumping of Mississippi Valley State on Sunday afternoon at the JSU Soccer Field.
The Gamecocks, who opened the 2014 home slate this weekend turned in a split after a tough, 3-2, setback to Samford on Friday. JSU improves to 2-2 on the season, while the Devilletes of MVSU fall to 0-3 on the season.
The 15 goals scored established a new JSU record for goals in an individual game. The previous mark was 12 against Alabama State on Sept. 23, 2008. It marks the third time in the program’s history to reach double figure goals against an opponent. Nicole Heiser’s late goal also set a new OVC record for goals in a contest, bettering Austin Peay’s total of 11 against Alabama A&M in 2011.
Jax State needed just 1:33 in to the contest for the first of 12 goals in the opening 45 minutes. Redshirt junior Courtney Hurt scored the first two goals with the second coming on a penalty kick. Head coach Neil Macdonald inserted freshman Kayla Thompson in to the starting line up for her first career start and she made an immediate impact with back-to-back goals in the fourth and eighth minutes. The Brandon, Miss.-native also finished with a pair of assists.
Junior Kelsey Bright took the team lead in goals with two in the contest, including the fifth goal in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Kingwood, Texas-product also had an assist on the afternoon. Sophomore Nicola Dominikovich turned in her first career goal in ten-minute mark and added a second goal to get credit in 20th minute. Dominikovich also aided in a goal. Sophomore Mackenzie Bellows added her name in the scoring column with a goal in the 13th minute after an assist from senior Jackie Rush. Rush tallied her first goal of 2014 in the 19th minute. Junior Brianna Boutziouvis tacked on a pair of goals in the first half along with Carsen Taylor. Taylor’s was her first of her career.
Bright, Bellows and Heiser all scored goals in the second half to close out the scoring. The Gamecocks finished with a season-high 31 shots, including 20 on-goal chances.
MVSU was limited to seven shots in the contest. JSU split up the goal keeper duties as freshman Caroline Robinson handled the net in the opening half, while Katie Thomas was inserted in the second half.
JSU remains at home on Friday night as it welcomes Jackson State to Jacksonville for a 7 p.m. contest. After the match with the Tigers of JSU, the Gamecocks will travel to Tuscaloosa to battle Alabama.
Junior Kelsey Bright capitalized on one of her three shots in the 55th minute to lift Jacksonville State past Gardner-Webb, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon.
The win is the first for the Gamecocks as they opened the 2014 campaign with a 2-0 loss at Elon on Friday. The shutout was the second consecutive setback for the Runnin’ Bulldogs of GWU as they suffered an overtime loss to Wofford on Friday.
After being limited to just five shots on Friday against the Phoenix of Elon, JSU put together an offensive charge that out-shot the hosts, 13-10. The Gamecocks had a balanced attack with six shots in the first 45 minutes and seven in the final half, including the game winner by Bright.
A corner kick by JSU sophomore Mackenzie Bellows began the scoring sequence for the Gamecocks. After the corner, a scramble from the kick left Bright with an open shot to the back post and in the back of the net for the lone goal in the contest. The goal was Bright’s 10th of her career and first JSU’s match with Charleston Southern last season. Bellows, who was named to the Ohio Valley Conference’s All-Newcomer Team a year ago, was credited with the assist. It was her third of her career after having a pair of assists as a freshman.
Newcomer Meara Johnson also highlighted JSU’s road win as the transfer from Mississippi State recorded a shutout in her first outing as a Gamecock. Johnson turned in seven saves and staved off a late rally by GWU. GWU was limited to just a pair of shots in the opening half, but tallied eight in the final half.
Bright, from Kingwood, Texas, had the game winner, but JSU was led in shots by senior Lindsey Jackson. The Marietta, Ga.-native matched her career-high in shots with five in the affair. Redshirt junior Courtney Hurt accumulated three shots in the win.
After splitting the first weekend of competition, JSU will host Samford on Friday, Aug. 29 for its home opener. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field. The Samford contest begins a three-match homestand for the Gamecocks as they will take on Mississippi Valley State on Aug. 31 before opening the month of September on Sept. 5 versus Jackson State. Admission to matches is free.