Women top KSU at home
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 21:10
After suffering a late game heartbreaker to Mercer on Friday night, the ETSU women’s soccer team returned to Summers-Taylor Stadium Sunday night looking to get back in the win column before hitting the road.
The Lady Bucs came out attacking, looking to put the loss to Mercer behind them, but the Kennesaw State Owls were prepared and stopped the opening attacks. The Owls kept their focus and when the Lady Bucs took a breath, Kennesaw State started it’s counterattack.
Kennesaw had a chance at the 18:41 mark of the first half, but freshman goalie Jasmine Elliot made a fingertip save to keep the game scoreless.
The Owls strung together five shots in a six-minute stretch during the first half, testing the Lady Bucs defense.
While Kennesaw outshot ETSU 7-5 in the first half, the Lady Bucs attack was more consistent with shots spread evenly throughout the half. As the final minutes of the first half ticked off the clock, ETSU managed one final shot that sailed high over the crossbar and sent the match to halftime in a scoreless draw.
ETSU opened up the second half attacking and scored in the opening minutes as freshman Jenny Poeltl found freshman Molly Collinson open in front of the goal. Collinson beat the goalie to give the Lady Bucs the 1-0 lead.
ETSU continued to search for goals, stringing together seven shots, five of which were blocked, saved or hit the post.
With under 15 minutes remaining, the Lady Bucs would get their insurance goal. Sophomore Sarah Zadrazil found junior Kristi Davis for the assist and the shot by Davis beat the goalie for the 2-0 lead. With the two-goal advantage, ETSU relied on its defense to wrap up the victory.
Less than two days after watching their own late-game efforts fall short, it was the Bucs who would walk away victorious. After Kennesaw State’s last-ditch efforts fell short, Elliot made two saves and two more shots sailed wide and high.“In the last couple of games we have conceded first and to get the goal first is brilliant,” Collinson said. “We, as a team, worked hard to get ahead and are looking forward to FGCU.”
The Lady Bucs now hit the road, heading to Florida for a two-game road swing against Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson.