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Soccer finishes 1-1 at Gamecock Adidas Classic

09/13/2012

Jacksonville State hosted the annual Gamecock Adidas Soccer Classic last weekend.

The Gamecocks played to a 1-1 draw in their game against McNeese State Friday night.

The Cowgirls struck first when Callie Albright scored with a header on a cross from Megan Rogers in the 21st minute. It was the first goal allowed by the Gamecocks in their previous five games.

The Gamecocks struck back when Courtney Hurt planted a goal from 40 yards away into the 53rd minute. It was her fourth goal of the season.

Neither team was able to score again in regulation or overtime and the match ended in a draw.

The Gamecocks had taken 18 shots but only managed to get four on goal. Coach Julie Carlson feels that the team was "impatient" and not taking the best quality of shots. "A little luck went our way," she said when referring to the 40-yard goal by Hurt.

With Friday's draw, the Gamecocks' record grew to 5-1-1.

The Gamecocks returned to action on Sunday in the final game of the Gamecock Adidas Soccer Classic with a 2-0 win over South Carolina State.

The first goal came in the 25th minute when Kaitlin Manns' shot ricocheted off the post for Brianna Boutziouvis to score on the rebound. It was her third goal of the year.

The final goal came in the 71st minute when Hurt sent a cross from the corner that bounced off Jackie Rush's head onto Eli Arthur's head for the score. It was her first goal of the season.

The game turned physical as time wound down. SCSU's Sara Harris was issued a yellow card in the 62nd minute. From the 84th to the 89th minute, JSU's Manns, Myla Senff and Julia Binnicker all earned yellow cards.

"When they start lacking a bit of composure and character, you're going to see kids make dumb mistakes," said Coach Carlson, "on both sides."

There were 22 fouls throughout the game and evenly divided between the two teams.

Sunday's 2-0 win is the Gamecocks' fifth shut out of the season. Coach Carlson spoke highly of the play of her goalkeeper Katelyn Geddings, citing her positioning, reaction and communication as reasons for the shut out.

The Gamecocks' record improved to 6-1-1.

As they did Friday night, the Gamecocks finished tied with McNeese State in the final tournament standings. Both teams had a tournament record of 1-0-1. South Carolina State finished 1-1-0 and Jackson State finished 0-2.

JSU returns to action this Friday at home against Mercer University.

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