Women’s soccer undefeated in abbreviated weekend play

Layne Saliba

The Georgia Southern Women’s Soccer team (5-1) continued to shine this weekend after shutting out Alabama State (3-5) with a score of 3-0 on Friday.

Unfortunately, the second game against North Florida (1-6) scheduled to play on Sunday was abandoned due to inclement weather conditions. There was no score from either team but Ga. Southern did record nine shots compared to the Ospreys two before the game was called at halftime.

Georgia Southern vs. Alabama State (3-0)

Senior goalkeeper Katie Merson had an impressive day on Friday. She not only set a new school record with 17 career shutouts, she got her first career assist when her punt fell in front of sophomore forward Jennifer Wittick who lobbed a shot over the opposing keeper’s head from 20 yards out during the 52nd minute.

Preceding Wittick’s second half goal, Ga. Southern scored two additional goals during the first half in rapid succession. The first came in the 17th minute after junior forward Caitlin Tongco’s shot was deflected by Alabama State’s keeper Kylee Hathaway. Luckily the deflection found its way to the feet of sophomore forward Melinda Lukas who was then able to send a shot past Hathaway for the Eagles’ first goal of the contest.

The next came off of a shot that was once again deflected by Hathaway during the 21st minute. This time it landed at the feet of junior midfielder Stephanie Gratto who was able to tap it in for a 2-0 Eagle lead.

Ga. Southern was awarded the 3-0 victory after the game was delayed and ultimately stopped with 19:42 remaining on the clock due to inclement weather.

The Eagles dominated the Hornets in the shots column for the entire game. Ga. Southern came out with a total of 27 shots, 16 of which were on goal while Alabama State only had a total of 2 shots with one on goal. This victory also gave Merson and the Eagles their third shutout of the season.