JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State soccer team established a program record and an Ohio Valley Conference mark for goals in a single game with a 15-0 thumping of Mississippi Valley State on Sunday afternoon at the JSU Soccer Field.
The Gamecocks, who opened the 2014 home slate this weekend turned in a split after a tough, 3-2, setback to Samford on Friday. JSU improves to 2-2 on the season, while the Devilletes of MVSU fall to 0-3 on the season.
The 15 goals scored established a new JSU record for goals in an individual game. The previous mark was 12 against Alabama State on Sept. 23, 2008. It marks the third time in the program’s history to reach double figure goals against an opponent. Nicole Heiser’s late goal also set a new OVC record for goals in a contest, bettering Austin Peay’s total of 11 against Alabama A&M in 2011.
Jax State needed just 1:33 in to the contest for the first of 12 goals in the opening 45 minutes. Redshirt junior Courtney Hurt scored the first two goals with the second coming on a penalty kick. Head coach Neil Macdonald inserted freshman Kayla Thompson in to the starting line up for her first career start and she made an immediate impact with back-to-back goals in the fourth and eighth minutes. The Brandon, Miss.-native also finished with a pair of assists.
Junior Kelsey Bright took the team lead in goals with two in the contest, including the fifth goal in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Kingwood, Texas-product also had an assist on the afternoon. Sophomore Nicola Dominikovich turned in her first career goal in ten-minute mark and added a second goal to get credit in 20th minute. Dominikovich also aided in a goal. Sophomore Mackenzie Bellows added her name in the scoring column with a goal in the 13th minute after an assist from senior Jackie Rush. Rush tallied her first goal of 2014 in the 19th minute. Junior Brianna Boutziouvis tacked on a pair of goals in the first half along with Carsen Taylor. Taylor’s was her first of her career.
Bright, Bellows and Heiser all scored goals in the second half to close out the scoring. The Gamecocks finished with a season-high 31 shots, including 20 on-goal chances.
MVSU was limited to seven shots in the contest. JSU split up the goal keeper duties as freshman Caroline Robinson handled the net in the opening half, while Katie Thomas was inserted in the second half.
JSU remains at home on Friday night as it welcomes Jackson State to Jacksonville for a 7 p.m. contest. After the match with the Tigers of JSU, the Gamecocks will travel to Tuscaloosa to battle Alabama.
~ JSU Sportswire