With goals from Klintworth and Rodriguez, women’s soccer earns first win in the Southern and State series

Kaitlin Sells

The Georgia Southern Women’s soccer team took the first rival point of the year against Georgia State when they shut out the Panthers 2-0 Friday.. 

The game took place at Georgia State’s home turf giving them an assumed home advantage, but the Eagles were the ones that proved victorious with two second half goals.

“Great result for our players, they deserved to win, they had an excellent balance of intensity and composure for the full 90 minutes,” GS head coach Brian Dunleavy said. “That’s crucial in an emotional match up like this.” 

The match stayed locked at a 0-0 tie all through the first half, but GS had the edge on shots on GSU 5-4 going into the second half. The first half also showed some aggression from both teams as both teams tallied four fouls each and GS notched two yellow cards while GSU collected one. 

In the second half The Eagles were quick to strike as sophomore Maddie Klintworth sent a shot from the penalty area in the back of the net off a stolen pass in the 51st minute. GS then added to their lead just 20 minutes later as senior Junique Rodriguez found the net off of a long ball assist from freshman Vala Kristin Theodorsdottier.

Senior goalkeeper Jocelyn Springer added another shutout to her record as she made seven saves. The Eagles collectively now have three shutouts and improve to a 3-5-0 record for the season.

 “I’m proud of our team right now, they’ve been playing some really good soccer in the buildup to this one,” Dunleavy said.

The Eagles are back in action as they take on another rival against Appalachian State at home Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Assistant Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu