KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State women’s soccer team capped off its Atlantic Sun Conference opening weekend in style on Sunday afternoon as the Owls dominated Lipscomb in all phases of the game en route to a 4-0 win in front of 440 fans at KSU Soccer Stadium.
The win improves the Owls to 5-4-1 (1-1 A-Sun) for the season, while the loss drops the Lady Bisons to 2-8-1 (0-2 A-Sun) on the year.
The stat of the match was that the Black and Gold outshot Lipscomb by a total of 29-3 in the win. The 29 shots are the most shots in a game by KSU since Sept. 20, 2009 when it had 32 shots against Alabama A&M.
It was very apparent that right from the opening whistle Kennesaw State was not going to fall victim to another slow start like it had done in its previous two matches. The Owls played almost the entire first four minutes of the game in the Lady Bisons defensive third.
Redshirt-freshman Katrina Frost made the KSU pressure pay off as she opened up the scoring in the fifth minute of the match. Junior Sofia Blanco started the play off sending a corner kick into the box where senior Katie Schwartz was waiting. Schwartz headed a shot towards goal that was deflected right to the feet of Frost who buried the goal to give KSU a 1-0 lead.
Schwartz and Blanco teamed up again on a corner kick for KSU in the eighth minute of play. Blanco sent another nice ball into the box that Schwartz finished off herself this time finding the back of the net for her first goal of the season, and the second goal of her career. The two assists by Blanco marks the second time this season that she has recorded a multi-assist game.
The Black and Gold seemed to add two more goals in the middle of the first half but they were both waived off due to two controversial offside calls leaving the Owls with a 2-0 lead at the intermission.
Kennesaw State outshot Lipscomb 15-0 in the first half, while holding an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.
Frost added to her A-Sun lead in goals scored as she found the back of the net again in the 72nd minute scoring on a breakaway beating Lipscomb goalkeeper Allison Brown on her left side to make the score 3-0. The Fayetteville, Ga. native now has ten goals in ten games for KSU.
A pair of seniors teamed up for Kennesaw State’s final goal as Alyssa Mahan took a corner kick that found the head of Brittany Vining with only two seconds left in the game to make the final score 4-0.
“Excellent performance today,” head coach Rob King said. “We changed our shape slightly and everyone really stepped up and played to their potential. We will continue to do some tinkering this week in practice and get ready to play in Florida next weekend.”
The Owls had 12 different players attempt a shot in the match, while KSU goalkeeper Melissa Hutto made one save in the win.
Kennesaw State will now hit the road for a crucial two-game trip down to Jacksonville, Fla. starting with Jacksonville University on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.