Jacksonville State’s women’s soccer team had a very successful weekend of home OVC matches.
On Friday night the Gamecocks shutdown Eastern Illinois and followed that up with a narrow victory over SIUE on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday against the Panthers, JSU picked up their sixth shutout of the season.
The lone goal in the game came in the 15th minute when senior Nathalee Lariviere placed one in the net of assists from Austen
Stoelting and sophomore Jackie Rush.
“I thought Nathalee (Lariviere) did a great job of putting her ball away and she had other opportunities as well,” said head coach Julie Davis Carlson. “We did a better job of pressuring and controlling the ball in the second half. It was a great match and EIU challenged us.”
Despite being outshot 17-14, the Gamecocks took the 1-0 victory for their first home OVC match of the season.
On Sunday, goals came a little more often than they had a few nights before. Even with a steady rain throughout the match the Gamecocks still found bright spot.
Freshman Kelsey Bright, out of Kingwood, Texas, scored two goals on the day, the first coming in the 13th minute to give JSU a 1-0 lead.
Soon after in the 25th minute Bright added her second goal to put the Gamecocks up 2-0. Senior Katie Manns and freshman Katt Dowd were credited with the assists for Bright’s goals.
SIUE put a charge on in the second half and after a goal to pull within one, JSU’s Manns hit a penalty shot to extend the lead back out.
However, the Cougars would put another goal in before the match was over to make it close. SIUE took 29 shots in the match, but only 2 found the back of the net as senior Katelyn Geddings was solid all day in tough conditions and still posted a season high 18 saves in JSU’s 3-2 win over SIUE.
“We did a lot of things well in the first half and we executed and finished our set pieces,” said head coach Julie Davis Carlson. “Kelsey Bright did a great job of putting the ball away.”
The Gamecocks picked up their 10th win of the season and improved to 3-0 in OVC action to move into first in the conference standings.