Alabama A&M Wins Battle of The Bulldogs With 8-0 Victory Over S.C. State

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M (1-6-0, 0-0-0 SWAC) delivered a first half offensive barrage to post an 8-0 decision over South Carolina State (0-8-0) in an NCAA Division I women’s soccer game on Sunday, September 19.
The Bulldogs wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as junior forward Makayla Rushing (Red Oak, Texas) took it herself and buried the ball to the bottom left of the goal for a 1-0 margin at the 5:37 mark. Within less than three minutes they would add to their lead as Rushing took a feed from junior forward Jameela Barrett (London, England) and proceeded to put it in the back middle of the net for a 2-0 lead.
In a quick turnaround AAMU built on their advantage in a matter of two minutes as senior midfielder Sherice Clarke (St. Catherine, Jamaica) assisted Barrett, who headed the ball into the right side of the goal for a 3-0 margin. In under two minutes a pair of familiar faces would team up as Clarke connected with Rushing who then put the ball into the middle of the goal to push out to a four goal lead by the 12:05 mark.
Thirteen minutes later the Bulldogs would increase their lead to 5-0 as Clarke assisted sophomore midfielder Victoria Mealing (Alexandria, Va.) who drove the ball to the right side of the goal at the 25:25-minute.
For the final goal of the half. sophomore midfielder Fernanda Valencia (Lawton, Okla.) took a feed from junior defender Taylor Watson (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.) and then made it a six goal spread with 27:06 gone by. From there, both teams were scoreless for the remainder of the half to head to the break with AAMU leading 6-0.
The Bulldogs came out of the half determined to extend their massive lead as Rushing hooked up with senior forward Tehya Beadles (Sacramento, Calif.), who buried the ball to the bottom left side of the goal for a 7-0 margin at 50:17.
No team would connect to the back of the goal for the next 36 minutes before junior forward Laura Jansa (Barcelona, Spain) would take it herself, driving the ball to the back right corner to close out the 8-0 decision.
Rushing fueled the offense for the Bulldogs as she dished out three goals and a pair of assists and Clarke added one goal and four assists. Barrett added a goal and assist and Jansa, Beadles, Valencia and Mealing each had one score. Senior goalkeeper Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.) played all 90 minutes, making eight saves on her way to notching a shutout.
Faith Sparks led SCSU in shots with six and three being on net and Karli Williams anchored the defense as she went the distance, playing all 90 minutes and allowed eight goals while making four saves.
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday, September 24 against Mississippi Valley State with a 3 p.m. kickoff in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

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