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Trojan Classic goes to Gamecocks


Jacksonville State women's soccer team brought home the Trojan Classic title after a 2-0 weekend in Troy. The Gamecocks shut out both of their opponents and increased their record to 5-1.

In the opening game for JSU on Friday against Stetson, it was a quick start for the Gamecocks, who took the early lead on a goal from Brianna Boutziouvis in just the fifth minute of action. The rest of the half was silent as far as scoring, although shots were being fired. Stetson unleashed nine first-half shots and 20 shots total in the game, but JSU goalie Katelyn Geddings kept the ball out of the net, picking up four saves in the game. Geddings, the senior out of Warrior, AL, played all 90 minutes.

Freshman Kelsey Bright placed her first goal of her career in the 71st minute in what would stand as the final score, with JSU taking a 2-0 win over Stetson.

On Sunday, the Gamecocks returned and faced the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech.

The game was a defensive standoff and went to the half scoreless. Late in the second half, Kelsey Bright took an assist from Courtney Hurt and just snuck in a goal in the 82nd minute. Less than five minutes later, thunderstorms halted the game nearing its end, and after an hour delay the match was called, giving the Gamecocks the match win and tournament title.

"This was a proud moment today. Myself and this staff are so proud to be coaching such a great group of young women who persevere and have been relentless from the start," said head coach Julie Davis Carlson.

Bright, a native of Kingwood, Texas, made the All-Tournament Team after her two goals and was joined by Katelyn Geddings and Jackie Rush.

The Gamecocks now are on a five-game win streak, which ties the program's all-time record in its 18 year history. The previous four wins have all been shutouts, with JSU not allowing a goal in over 400 minutes.

The Gamecocks return home Friday to start their annual Gamecock Adidas Soccer Classic at the JSU Soccer Complex. JSU will open against McNeese State, going for their sixth consecutive win.

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