Jax State Soccer Opens ASUN Home Action This Weekend

JACKSONVILLE – After turning in a split on the road in the first weekend of ASUN Conference action, the Jacksonville State soccer team returns home for two league outings at the JSU Soccer Field.

The Gamecocks will host Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday at 7 p.m. to wrap up the month of September ad will begin the month of October on Sunday against Stetson at 1 p.m. Admission is free to all JSU home soccer matches. Both ASUN affairs will be streamed on ESPN+. Thursday’s ASUN action will be the first on the JSU Soccer Field since October 13, 2002 when the Gamecocks blanked then-ASUN foe Belmont, 4-0.

JSU will welcome the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation teams to Sunday’s match with Stetson.

Jax State (5-5-1, 1-1 ASUN) returned to the conference last weekend with a setback to Liberty and a bounce-back win last Sunday over Kennesaw State. Cynthia Bagozzi’s goal in the 12th minute was preserved with a solid defensive effort by the Gamecocks in the result. The Eagles turned in two clean sheets last weekend with wins over Eastern Kentucky and Bellarmine. Stetson also opened conference play with a pair of wins over those same two clubs.

JSU and FGCU (5-5, 2-0 ASUN) will meet for the first time on the pitch as FGCU joined the ASUN Conference in 2007. The Eagles will become the eighth program from the Sunshine State that the Gamecocks have faced off against, joining Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Jacksonville, South Florida and Stetson. Sunday’s match with the Hatters of SU (5-5-1, 2-0 ASUN) will be the sixth all-time between the two sides with JSU holding a 4-1 advantage in the series and have claimed four consecutive wins in the series. The Hatters recorded a win in the first-ever meeting in 1996, but from 1999 through 2002, the Gamecocks posted wins, including three shutout victories. Stetson will visit North Alabama on Thursday before making the trip to JSU.

With her game-winning goal against the Owls on Sunday, Bagozzi moved into a tie for the team lead in goals with three. She shares the lead with Nyeemah Prescod-Beckles. The duo is two of the eight different Gamecocks to have scored a goal this season. As a team, JSU continues to maintain its conference lead in total shots with 163 on the season and will enter the weekend matches second in the ASUN in shots per match with an average of 14.8.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Morgan Lerch has turned in quality work between the posts with a four shutouts and collecting five wins. Through 11 matches, Lerch has 45 saves and a goals against average of 1.49. She has moved up JSU’s career shutouts chart with 14 during her career, ranking her fourth on the list. Lerch’s next clean sheet will move her past former Gamecock Caroline Robinson (2014-17), who finished with 14.5 career shutouts. JSU is listed second in the ASUN in shutouts with Lerch’s four clean sheets.

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