Women’s soccer off to a rough start

Zakyra Colvin


Georgia Southern University women’s soccer team had a tough weekend, as it lost to the Indiana State University Sycamores and the Indiana University Hoosiers within a three-day span.

Up against the Hoosiers on Sunday, GSU started off giving up back-to-back goals in the 10th and 12th minutes.  The first goal was scored by Monica Melink from 40 yards, and the second goal was an Abby Smith shot from the penalty spot.

The Hoosiers scored their third goal on 18 minutes by Tori Keller for a 3-0 advantage.

The Eagles defense held the Hoosiers to three goals at the halftime break. The Hoosiers scored their fourth goal in the 56th minute, a cross from the right side, struck into the net by Jordan Woolums, and their fifth goal was scored by Kristen Leist in the 75th minute.

“It was a tough game, Indiana was dominant today,” head coach Brian Dunleavy said in a news release.  “We dug ourselves an early hole and it was always going to be an uphill climb after they scored two quick goals.  Our team never stopped working, never stopped fighting and I’m proud of their effort, but the execution right now is really lacking.  We’ll get it right because the players believe in each other and work hard for the team.”

Indiana took 22 shots to GSU’s two and landed 13 shots on goal with sophomore goalkeeper Heather Kirkover, recording eight saves.

In the Indiana State game on Friday, the Eagles scored first but the Sycamores scored in the 38th minute, which tied the game and ultimately led to overtime.

The Sycamores secured the lead with six minutes left on the clock when midfielder Kate Johnson scored from 28 yards.

“We came out strong, played our game, then got complacent and Indiana State took advantage,” Dunleavy said in a news release. “We didn’t play well for large portions of the game and good teams make you pay when you’re not performing at a high level.”

The Eagles finished their opening weekend 0-2 and ended their tour of Indiana.

GSU will face North Carolina State University on Friday night and High Point University on Sunday afternoon when they make their trip to North Carolina.  The first match against the Wolfpack starts at 7 p.m.