Junior Kelsey Bright capitalized on one of her three shots in the 55th minute to lift Jacksonville State past Gardner-Webb, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon.
The win is the first for the Gamecocks as they opened the 2014 campaign with a 2-0 loss at Elon on Friday. The shutout was the second consecutive setback for the Runnin’ Bulldogs of GWU as they suffered an overtime loss to Wofford on Friday.
After being limited to just five shots on Friday against the Phoenix of Elon, JSU put together an offensive charge that out-shot the hosts, 13-10. The Gamecocks had a balanced attack with six shots in the first 45 minutes and seven in the final half, including the game winner by Bright.
A corner kick by JSU sophomore Mackenzie Bellows began the scoring sequence for the Gamecocks. After the corner, a scramble from the kick left Bright with an open shot to the back post and in the back of the net for the lone goal in the contest. The goal was Bright’s 10th of her career and first JSU’s match with Charleston Southern last season. Bellows, who was named to the Ohio Valley Conference’s All-Newcomer Team a year ago, was credited with the assist. It was her third of her career after having a pair of assists as a freshman.
Newcomer Meara Johnson also highlighted JSU’s road win as the transfer from Mississippi State recorded a shutout in her first outing as a Gamecock. Johnson turned in seven saves and staved off a late rally by GWU. GWU was limited to just a pair of shots in the opening half, but tallied eight in the final half.
Bright, from Kingwood, Texas, had the game winner, but JSU was led in shots by senior Lindsey Jackson. The Marietta, Ga.-native matched her career-high in shots with five in the affair. Redshirt junior Courtney Hurt accumulated three shots in the win.
After splitting the first weekend of competition, JSU will host Samford on Friday, Aug. 29 for its home opener. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field. The Samford contest begins a three-match homestand for the Gamecocks as they will take on Mississippi Valley State on Aug. 31 before opening the month of September on Sept. 5 versus Jackson State. Admission to matches is free.
– JSU Sportswire