BOONE, N.C. – Senior Morgan Cross led the University of South Alabama women’s soccer team to its third straight victory, 2-1, over Appalachian State Thursday night at Ted Mackorell Soccer Stadium.
Cross led the match with one goal and one assist in the 2-1 conference victory for South Alabama (7-3-1, 3-1-1 SBC). The senior midfielder was assisted by Claudia Gutierrez in the first half before she gave an assist of her own to Gracie Wilson in the second half. The Jaguars’ back line, led by freshman Kate Nicolson, held Appalachian State (4-6-1, 0-4-0 SBC) to three shots and one corner during the match while allowing their team to take 12 shots and four corners.
Place: Ted Mackorell Soccer Stadium (Boone, N.C.)
Final Score: South Alabama 2, Appalachian State 1
Records: South Alabama (7-3-1, 3-1-1 SBC), Appalachian State (4-6-1, 0-4-0 SBC)
– Gutierrez found Cross on the counter attack in the 15th minute and she took the ball from midfield all the way to the goal and scored for a 1-0 USA lead.
– Appalachian State’s Breckyn Monteith was given a straight red card in the 38th minute after making contact with South Alabama goalkeeper Jaidy Gutierrez Campos inside the goal box.
– Cross had the ball deep in Appalachian State territory and passed it off to Wilson in front of the goal where she scored South’s second unanswered goal of the match at 65:17 for a 2-0 lead.
– Carly Lantz took a penalty kick for Appalachian State and scored its first goal of the match at 76:58.
– The Jags and Campos are on a three-game winning streak.
– Wilson leads USA with eight goals and 19 points and has scored in three consecutive matches.
– Fifth-year senior Deanna Green is now tied with fellow Jaguar Monique Autmon for career games played (91) in the program record books.
– Gutierrez and Kailey Littleford lead the Jags in assists with four apiece.
– USA has won nine consecutive matches against Appalachian State.
THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Richard Moodie
– On the result: “Appalachian State did a good job, we knew they were going hold the ball. We were comfortable catching them in possession and we did a good job at staying patient. There are some familiar names popping up on the scorecard and that shows consistency from the returners.”
– On Cross and Wilson: “I think the true definition of a leader is your ability to make everyone around you better, and that is what they do. They lead by example, work hard, push those around them and they know what to expect from each other. We’re very fortunate to have them and they are the epitome of what a South Alabama student-athlete looks like. It’s taken them a while to get to where they’re at, but they’ve done an amazing job and are fantastic leaders on the team.”
– South Alabama will return home on Sunday to host Coastal Carolina at The Cage at noon.
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