Women’s soccer has strong performances in first weekend of conference play

Amanda Arnold

The Georgia Southern women’s soccer team added a win and a tie to their overall record for the first weekend of conference play, improving to 4-4-1.

On Friday, GS defeated Coastal Carolina, 1-0, in the last minute of play with a goal from sophomore midfielder Brooke Barrett, who was assisted by freshman midfielder Karin Winka.

The highly defensive game did not allow any goals from either team and only five shots on goal were taken overall.

Senior goalkeeper Lauren Karinshak added her second shutout of the season with the victory, with the other in last month’s victory over The Citadel last month. 

Both teams recorded two saves, but the Chanticleers had eight fouls, seven of which were in the second half.

In the first half, CCU maintained possession of the ball and pushed out a strong offensive front. GS responded with tight defense, and did not allow any goals through their seven attempts. 

GS came out aggressive in the second half and outshot the Chanticleers 8-5 in the remaining time. Barrett took the ball in the final minute from a CCU forward and made the game- winning goal as she outplayed the defense.

On Sunday, GS played Little Rock in a competitive double-overtime thriller, which resulted in a tie. In the first half, the Trojans set a rapid pace of play in the first ten minutes which forced GS to adjust.

About halfway through the first period, GS found an offensive rhythm and started attacking the goal. They took five shots compared to none by the Trojans until the half.

In the second half, made the most shot attempts of the season, totaling seven up until the end of regulation. There were several that were almost successful but none made it all the way into the net.

“To outshoot a team 16-2 shots [and] to have decent effort on goal, you’ve got to put one away,” Head coach Josh Moffet said. “You can’t fault the work rate…Defensively, [they] were tremendous as a team.”

Senior forward Frida Brattum and junior forward Brogan Boudreaux led GS with two shots on goal, while ten Eagles took shots.

Little Rock’s redshirt freshman goalie Julia Curatolo notched eight saves, while senior goalie Lauren Karinshak had one save for GS.

“I’m happy with the performance,” Moffet said. “I’m not happy with the result…In the attack, we were good, we just lacked that critical touching in the box.”

In overtime, neither team could get on the board. Little Rock holds a 3-5-3 record and 0-1-1 conference record. 

GS has a 1-0-1 conference record going into Sunday’s match on the road at Appalachian State.

Amanda Arnold, The George-Anne Sports Editor, [email protected]