JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State soccer team put together a second half comeback, but Samford thwarted the Gamecocks’ late surge to escape with a 3-2 decision on Friday night in the 2014 home debut for JSU.
JSU dropped to 1-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season after falling in their first two matches of the season. Jax State looks to bounce back in the first home weekend of the season as it will host Mississippi Valley State on Sunday. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field.
Samford weathered the JSU pressure early before creating scoring chances of its own. SU posted all three goals within a nine-minute frame in the first half. Emily Jones netted the first goal at the 25 minute mark as her shot from the left side came off the hands of JSU goalkeeper Meara Johnson and in the back of the net. The Bulldogs took advantage of a free kick from a penalty at the top of the box and headed the ball past Johnson. Heather Lacy was credited with the second goal of the night. SU registered the eventual game-winner in the 34th minute as Jermaine Seoposenwe drilled a ball from the top of the penalty box for the score.
JSU was credited with six shots in the first 45 minutes, while SU turned in nine of its 15 total shots in the opening half. The Gamecocks started creating chances in the second half and put the Bulldogs on their heels in the second half. JSU, who finished with 16 total shots, had 10 in the second half.
Red-shirt junior Courtney Hurt tallied the first of two second-half Jax State goals in the 64th minute. After the Bulldogs were pressing in the JSU end of the field, sophomore Chelsi Bender cleared the ball to Kelsey Bright, who led Hurt on a great feed to get past the SU defense and knock it past the keeper.
Bright added to her stat line with her second goal of the season after she took the deflection off of a keeper save after a JSU attempt to knock it in the back of the net.
JSU had multiple chances in the final 14 minutes, but could not get the equalizer. Senior Lindsey Jackson and Hurt paced the Gamecock offense with four shots each.
Live stats will be available Sunday at JSUGamecockSports.com.
~ JSU Sportswire