The Jacksonville State soccer team started Ohio Valley Conference play last weekend. The Gamecocks won their first conference matchup at home against UT Martin on Friday, and on Sunday, the Gamecocks went on the road to face Murray State where they loss.
The game against UT Martin went into overtime where senior Jackie Rush scored a goal to lift the Gamecocks to a 2-1 victory. The win gave Jacksonville State its first conference win since the 2012 season and it gave head coach Neil Macdonald his first conference win in his second year as head coach.
The road game against Murray State did not go in Jacksonville State’s favor. The game had a low scoring first half, as neither the Gamecocks nor the Racers seemed to be able to get a goal. The score was 0-0 at the 44 minute mark when the Racers scored to make it 1-0 before the half. The goal ignited the offense of the Racers as they went on to take eight more shots than they did in the first half. In the second half, Murray State out shot the Gamecocks 11 to 4. It was also in the second half when the Racers scored two more goals to expand their lead to 3-0. The Gamecocks’ offense looked stifled as they were shut out.
Both goals in the second half came from corner kicks for the Racers. The Racers’ Taylor Stephens had two goals, which was a game high. For JSU, Rush had three shots on the day and junior Kelsey Bright had the second most at two shots.
After the loss, the Gamecocks’ record sits at 5-6. They are currently 1-1 in the conference after their first weekend of conference play.
JSU continues in OVC action this weekend with two away games. The Gamecocks will take trips to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. The Morehead State Eagles will be the first opponent on Friday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Gamecocks will face Eastern Kentucky on Oct. 5 at 12 p.m. To see the live stats from the games, go to http://www.jsugamecocksports.com.