FRIDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2011
Women’s soccer rolls past USC Upstate in A-Sun matchup
The JU women’s soccer team scored three unanswered goals in the second half to stay unbeaten in league play, posting a 4-1 victory over USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. on Friday night.
Freshman Kaitlyn Bassett netted her second multi-goal game of the season, notching two second-half scoring strikes and two assists for a six-point evening to lift the Dolphins to an 8-4-2 record overall and 4-0-1 against the A-Sun. USC Upstate fell to 2-11-1 and 0-4-0. Sophomore Raquel Weckhurst had a goal and an assist for a three-point night.
The Dolphins built a 24-5 shot advantage and held a 9-0 edge in corner kicks to help secure the victory at County University Stadium.
“I was pleased with our execution tonight,” JU coach Brian Copham said. “We played well against a hard-working team. It was a total team effort and it was good to see the hard work of everybody pay off with a victory.”
Weckhurst registered her fourth goal of the season to open the scoring just 2:51 in. The forward took Bassett’s feed and raced past the defense before slipping a shot past charging goalkeeper Sarah Plantz for the third-minute strike.
That would be the only scoring in the first half and the only offense until Krystal Hedderman’s unassisted goal just 5:27 into the second half. Hedderman’s first goal of 2011 came following a free kick and a scrum in the box.
But Bassett ensured the tie would not be long-lived, scoring a goal just 8:55 later when she capitalized on Eva Leeper’s pass and beat Plantz to the right side of the goal for her first goal of the contest.
Emily Culbreth contributed an insurance marker just 2:39 later with Bassett assisting on her teammate’s goal from the left side. Bassett then contributed to her third goal in less than 10 minutes, scoring off Weckhurst’s pass from the top of the box to the lower left corner for the 4-1 edge at 68:37.
That marked the second time this season Bassett has scored two goals in a game. She first accomplished the feat against Stetson on Sept. 23. Her five goals leads the team.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra needed to make just one save, playing the first 66:16 to improve to 8-4-2. After playing every second in net for the Dolphins up to that point, Copham decided to give backup goalie Susanne Klungtveit some action, and the netminder held the Spartans off the scoreboard and made one save in 23:43 to mark her first career game as JU goalkeeper.
JU has now accumulated 13 out of a possible 15 points in conference play. The Dolphins will next be in action on Sunday when they travel to ETSU for a matinee. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.