Women’s soccer blanks Kennesaw State to stay unbeaten in A-Sun play
Arianne Heaton scored her first goal of the season in A-Sun victory. Play Video
Arianne Heaton scored her first goal of the season in A-Sun victory.
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Junior Arianne Heaton scored in the 71st minute and sophomore Sarah Sierra posted three saves for the shutout as the JU women’s soccer team stayed undefeated in Atlantic Sun play with a 1-0 victory over Kennesaw State on Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.

JU went unbeaten for the sixth time in eight games, improving to 6-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 in league play. Kennesaw State fell to 5-5-1 and 1-2-0.

“Every time we play a top team in the conference like this, it’s going to be a grind and you have to find a way to get the result you want,” JU coach Brian Copham said. “That’s what we did and I’m pleased with the way we played.”

The Dolphins held a 10-3 shot advantage in the second half and a 20-12 edge for the game. But Kennesaw State minimized JU’s chances even though the home team established a possession advantage.

Though JU garnered just three corner kicks, the Dolphins were able to set up their first goal off one. Heaton’s header off Jessica Cataldo-Ramirez’s cross at 70:20 broke open a scoreless tie. The goal marked the back liner’s first goal of the season. “We played the ball well in the corners to draw defenders that way and then Arianne did a great job on a back-post ball to get a head on it. It was a great goal.”

Sierra continued a breakout season with her fifth shutout of the season and her second in as many games after helping JU to a scoreless tie at FGCU in the previous contest. She lowered her goals against average to 0.80 and extended her scoreless streak to 269:58 dating to the win over Stetson on Sept. 23.

Kennesaw State counterpart Mel Hutto made seven saves. The Dolphins attempted a slew of long-range shots, led by senior Liz Fink’s game-high six shots. Sophomore Raquel Weckhurst tallied five shots.

In three conference games, the Dolphins have out-scored Stetson, FGCU and the Owls to just one goal combined. JU also relished the chance to play at home for the first time since Sept. 4, improving to 3-0 at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Dolphins will look to continue their hot streak on Sunday by hosting A-Sun rival Mercer. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and fans can follow the video stream by logging on to ASun.TV.