By Sean McKnight
On Friday, Stetson’s women’s soccer team took on A-Sun rival Kennesaw State, but were unable to clinch victory and had their three-game win streak snapped. The late first half goal by Kennesaw State turned out to be the match-clinching goal for Kennesaw.
After the match, Stetson’s record is now 6-7-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Luckily enough for the Hatters, Jacksonville and Mercer both lost on Friday which means the Hatters still sit at second place in the A-Sun standings. The Hatters have 13 points in the A-Sun while Jacksonville and Kennesaw State are close behind with 12 points each.
Both Stetson and Kennesaw had plenty of opportunities to gain the upper hand on each other last Friday in a tight match that spanned 90 minutes. Kennesaw was able to outshoot Stetson 10-9 in the match and was also able to record four corner kicks while Stetson was only able to post up two. It wasn’t until the 43rd minute that Kennesaw was able to find the back of the net over Stetson’s goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli. This goal came off one of Kennesaw State’s four corner kicks that night.
Jewelia Strickland, defender for Kennesaw, was able to play a ball into the box. This ball was then headed in by Elizabeth Johnson, which put Kennesaw up on Stetson 1-0 just before halftime.
As the second half came and went, neither Stetson nor Kennesaw were able to find the back of the net and as the buzzer sounded, Stetson’s three-game win streak was gone. Stetson took on a strong opponent on the road and was, unfortunately, unable to capitalize on just three of four moments during the entire match that could have been the game-changer for their squad.
Even though it was a tough loss for the Hatters, Stetson still sits in the number two spot in the Women’s soccer A-Sun standings and have a very high chance of making a deep run into conferences this season. With only a handful of games coming up before Stetson’s regular season is over, I believe that if they keep playing the way they have been they will be able to put a few more checkmarks in the ‘win’ column this year before conferences.