Eagles look to establish winning streak

Robert Huitt

The Georgia Southern University women’s soccer team will continue its three-game home stand as it welcomes Jacksonville University and Charleston Southern University to Eagle Field over the weekend.

Generating offense has been an issue for the Eagles, scoring just three goals through four games.

The Jacksonville University Dolphins (3-2) have had no problem putting the ball in the back of the net. The Dolphins have scored 12 goals on the season, five of those coming from junior forward Kaitlyn Bassett.

Bassett has not only recorded more goals than the Eagles as a team, she has created more scoring opportunities with a 14-11 edge in shots on goal. Stopping Bassett should be a priority for the backline of the Eagles.

This game at Eagle Field will be the Dolphins’ last stop in their three-game tour around the peach state. They lost 1-0 to the University of Georgia in a tightly contested game that went to overtime. They bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Georgia State University.

The Eagles will face another potent offensive attack when they take on the CSU Buccaneers (3-2). The Buccaneers have also scored 12 goals on the season, all scored by four players.

Senior forward Toni Lashley leads the pack with four goals followed by sophomore forwards Chelsea Phillips and Chelsea Frankeny with three goals apiece.

Facing a trio of scoring options, sophomore goalkeeper Heather Kirkover will have to stand strong in the net to give the Eagles a chance.

The last time the Eagles took the field they downed the Stetson University Hatters 2-1 in the home opener for their first victory of the season.

The Eagles were powered by the two-goal performance of freshman forward Jennifer Wittick. Wittick flashed her scoring ability when she out leaped a Hatter defender to score on a header and followed that with another goal from 13 yards out.

The game against the Dolphins will be at 7 p.m. Friday and the Buccaneers will come to town at 6 p.m. Sunday. Both games will be played under the lights at Eagle Field.