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 put together a second half comeback, but Samford thwarted the Gamecocks’ late surge to escape with a 3-2 decision on Friday night in the 2014 home debut for JSU.
JSU dropped to 1-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season after falling in their first two matches of the season. Jax State looks to bounce back in the first home weekend of the season as it will host Mississippi Valley State on Sunday. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field.
Samford weathered the JSU pressure early before creating scoring chances of its own. SU posted all three goals within a nine-minute frame in the first half. Emily Jones netted the first goal at the 25 minute mark as her shot from the left side came off the hands of JSU goalkeeper Meara Johnson and in the back of the net. The Bulldogs took advantage of a free kick from a penalty at the top of the box and headed the ball past Johnson. Heather Lacy was credited with the second goal of the night. SU registered the eventual game-winner in the 34th minute as Jermaine Seoposenwe drilled a ball from the top of the penalty box for the score.
JSU was credited with six shots in the first 45 minutes, while SU turned in nine of its 15 total shots in the opening half. The Gamecocks started creating chances in the second half and put the Bulldogs on their heels in the second half. JSU, who finished with 16 total shots, had 10 in the second half.
Red-shirt junior Courtney Hurt tallied the first of two second-half Jax State goals in the 64th minute. After the Bulldogs were pressing in the JSU end of the field, sophomore Chelsi Bender cleared the ball to Kelsey Bright, who led Hurt on a great feed to get past the SU defense and knock it past the keeper.
Bright added to her stat line with her second goal of the season after she took the deflection off of a keeper save after a JSU attempt to knock it in the back of the net. JSU had multiple chances in the final 14 minutes, but could not get the equalizer. Senior Lindsey Jackson and Hurt paced the Gamecock offense with four shots each.
Live stats will be available Sunday at JSUGamecockSports.com.
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.