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JSU soccer rolls past Bama A&M


Sunday, Jacksonville State's women's soccer team took on Alabama A&M in a game where the Gamecocks had full control. After Middle Tennessee State spoiled JSU's home season opener on Aug. 17, the Gamecocks have reeled off three consecutive road wins, the latest being a 5-0 win over the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M.

JSU was on the board early after senior Austen Stoelting put in the first goal in only the third minute of action. In the 13th minute, Nathalee Lariviere took a pair of shots, but the Alabama A&M goalie kept the game at just 1-0. In the 23rd minute, JSU had a three-player substitution which included Courtney Hurt and Alexis Rodriguez.

It wasn't long before those fresh legs benefitted the Gamecocks, as Rodriguez put in the second goal of the game off an assist from Hurt. Hurt wasn't finished as the Huntsville, AL native took a pair of shots in the final minute of the half. The first one was wide, but the second gave JSU a 3-0 lead heading into the break.

Early in the second half, Nathalee Lariviere finally connected on a shot attempt. The senior midfielder out of Ontario, Canada gave the Gamecocks a comfortable 4-0 lead. Freshman Katt Dowd would add a fifth goal for JSU before the contest was over.

The large win can be credited to the defense, which allowed the Bulldogs to get off only four shots while JSU took 30. Besides Courtney Hurt, each Gamecock who scored picked up their first goal of the season. Hurt's was her third goal of the season, the only Gamecock with more than one so far. The shutout of Alabama A&M continued the streak where JSU has yet to allow an opponent to score in the second half.

This weekend, Jacksonville State will be challenged to take part in the Trojan Classic in Troy, AL, where they will face Stetson and Louisiana Tech.

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