KENNESAW, Ga.- In a tightly-contested conference duel, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team dropped a close 1-0 decision to Kennesaw State at Fifth Third Bank Stadium Friday evening. Staunch defensive efforts by both teams dominated the match, which included just 19 total shots and five combined saves.
Both teams entered the pitch read to compete, trading shots throughout the first period. Senior Jessica Shaffelburg challenged the Owls' goalkeeper by firing off a pair of shots in goal during the middle of the opening period, while KSU's Abby Roth came close to scoring for the home team just before the half. After over 83 minutes of scoreless play, the Owls netted the deciding goal, with Roth scoring unassisted to seal the deal.
Captains' Shaffelburg and Sope Akindoju led the Dolphins' offensive efforts with two shots apiece. Defensively, Meagan Gruber and Madicynn Harnish spent the entirety of the contest on the field, helping limit KSU to six shots a period, even with 10 corner kick opportunities. Keeper Brittany Hundley started her seventh consecutive game in-net for the 'Phins, registering one save, which came in the first half.
With the loss, Jacksonville falls to 3-7 on the season, including 1-2 in ASUN competition. Kennesaw State improves to 6-5-3 overall and 1-2-1 in conference play, having won their third straight over the Dolphins.
JU will now continue its weekend road trip, as the team treks north to Tennessee to face ASUN for Lipscomb on Sunday, Oct 8. The contest is slated for a 2:00 p.m. start time on the east coast at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex, and can be seen here.