Women’s soccer seeks improvement in conference play

Kristen Warren

In a match that could shake up the conference, the Georgia Southern University women’s soccer team takes on Elon University this Friday 7 p.m. at Eagle Field.

The Eagles are coming off of a hard-fought road conference win over The Citadel this past Sunday 3-2.  GSU was clicking offensively, having three different players score in the game. The Eagles are looking to improve in conference play against Elon. GSU is 2-2-1 in Southern Conference play.

Elon has been impressive this season with an overall 8-2-1 record and are 2-1-2 in SoCon play.

GSU junior goalkeeper Molly Williams and the defense will need to keep their eyes out for Elon’s sophomore forward Nicole Dennion who has scored nine goals for the Phoenix this season.

However, the Eagles seem to turn on their defense in the second period. They have had more saves by period compared to their opponents 71-45 with 43 of the saves coming in the second period.  This season the Eagles have limited their opponents to 23 goals and only nine of them have come in the second half.

Last season, the Eagles llost a hard-fought battle against the Phoenix, losing 1-0 in the 25th minute from a cross shot inside the box.

Elon’s defense will have their hands full with this GSU offense led by freshman forward Jennifer Wittick and sophomore forward Nora El-Shami, who have combined for 47 shots this season and five goals collectively.

The Eagles have shot 11.7 times during their games and have collected 15 goals this season.  They are shooting 0.107 percent from the field.

GSU’s offense will need to be firing on all cylinders as they face an Elon defense that has only allowed its opponents 17 goals this season and 9.2 shots per game.

GSU has a tough schedule remaining against all SoCon opponents. It will take on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Furman University, Wofford University and Davidson College before entering the SoCon tournament.