JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sunday's women's soccer match between Jacksonville University and Kennesaw State was a hard-fought battle from the opening whistle to the extra-period finish. In the end, the Owls walked away with a 2-1 decision, recording the game-winner in the 94th minute.
All three goals in the afternoon were direct results of deflections; two came off of saves and the other on a shot hit off the crossbar. The sides combined for 37 shots, and the Dolphins maintained a 10-5 edge in corner kicks.
Rachel Henry struck first with 29:26 on the clock after Sope Akindoju forced the KSU keeper to make a diving save. The ball bounced off of Mady Carter's chest and landed at Henry's feet for a three-yard touch.
Nearly three minutes later, KSU erased the advantage when a shot rattled off the crossbar and fell to Jessica Sexton. She tied the match at 1-1, and the score remained knotted through regulation.
For the Dolphins, Sara Wicks posted another stellar night in goal, thwarting nine KSU attempts including the shot just before the game-winner. She leapt to her right to snag Isabella Contreras' advance in the box, and Kim Fincher tucked the ball into the far left post on the deflected save.
The Dolphins travel north for their next two games. First stop will be USC Upstate Friday at 7 p.m., and the trip concludes at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Sunday at noon.