The Lady Gamecocks faced their first test of the season on Friday against Texas Tech where they lost 67-59.
The game was close through all four quarters as JSU pushed Texas Tech to their limit. JSU trailed by nine to start the game, but made a quick charge back as Gretchen Morrison made two consecutive three-point shots.
Still in the first half, JSU would trail by 11, which was the largest deficit of the half.
JSU would then go on a 10-2 run to bring the game within two points. The first halfwould eventually end with a score of 37 for the Red Raiders and 34 for the Gamecocks.
The second half started with a pair of free throws for JSU as the lead was trimmed to one point. However, the Gamecocks fell behind once again as they trailed by double digits late in the second half.
Jacksonville State did not recover and the game ended 67-59 with the Red Raiders winning.
Jacksonville State out-rebounded Texas Tech on the night 39-35 with Tyler Phelion pulling down eight boards for a team high. Miranda Cantrell was close with seven rebounds of her own.
The Gamecocks had a rough night shooting as they only hit 35.6 % of their shots. Candace Morton led the team with 13 points while Phelion was right behind her with 12 points.
With this loss, JSU starts the season 0-1. The Gamecocks will look to get their first win when they play at Alabama on Nov. 18. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. Game information and live stats will be available online at www.jsugamecocksports.com.
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.