Jackie Rush was the superstar of Sunday’s soccer game as she propelled the Jacksonville State Gamecocks to their seventh season win last weekend for their domination over the Eastern Illinois Panthers.
The win makes four out of five home game wins for the Gamecocks and makes their Ohio Valley Conference Record 3-2. The loss drops EIU’s record to 2-19-2 overall and 1-4-1 in the OVC.
All three goals by senior Jackie Rush were achieved in the first 35 minutes and all goals of the game were completed by the 38 minute mark. This makes her seventh goal of the season and also makes her the first player to score a hat trick since Lindsay Boehmler in 2008 against Alabama State; this is the first one since the Gamecocks joined the OVC.
The Gamecocks were determined for a victory as Katt Dowd attempted the first goal at the 5:18 mark which was blocked by EIU goalie Emily Hinton. The Gamecocks stayed with the attack as Rush scored her first goal quickly under 11 minutes into the game.
The Gamecocks wasted no time as Rush scored again at just under 19 minutes from a header off of a free kick from the left side. She was assisted by both Courtney Hurt and Kelsey Bright on her second goal of the game. The last of Rush’s goals was scored at 32 minutes. Eastern Illinois scored one goal at 38 minutes, but it was not enough as The Gamecocks were just too good. The Gamecocks outshot the Panthers 23 to 10 that day.
The Gamecocks go on to play Austin Peavey on Friday, Oct. 17 and then have a home game on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 pm. Come out and support the Gamecocks as the continue on in OVC play. View statistics and scores at jsugamecocksports.com.