Women’s soccer falls to Kennesaw State, 4-0
Kennesaw State scored two first-half goals and never looked back en route to a 4-0 win over the JU women’s soccer team on Friday night in Atlantic Sun action at KSU Soccer Field.

Senior forward Rachel Baer scored two goals for the Owls (6-3-3, 1-1-1 A-Sun), while freshman forward Brittany Vining added two assists and a goal in the victory. The Dolphins (4-6-1, 1-2-0) managed only nine shots on goal in the match to start a three-game road trip.

“We gave up two early goals, which put us in a huge hole,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We came out a little slow and Kennesaw State took advantage of it because they are a good team. I did like our effort and the way we challenged for balls, but we just couldn’t get out of our holes. We will have to put this one behind us and regroup for Sunday.”

Baer gave the Owls a 1-0 advantage less than two minutes into the match after scoring on a cross from the left side by Vining. Baer and Vining combined on assist less than a minute later to freshman forward Kristin Kranick, who scored her third goal of the season to give the Owls a 2-0 lead.

In the 56th minute, Baer tapped her second goal of the match on corner kick from sophomore defender Carolina Austin, while Vining added her fourth goal of the season less than three minutes later to secure the win.

Senior forward Keri Zwikker had three of JU’s nine shots on goal, but couldn’t connect on one in the back of the net.

Sophomore goalie Staci Pugh made five stops in more than 71 minutes between the posts for the Owls. Freshman goalie Alexa Rooney recorded four saves on 23 shots on goal for JU. The Dolphins look to bounce back on Sunday against Mercer in Macon, Ga. Kick off is set for 3 p.m.