JSU Faces Lipscomb in ASUN Soccer Championship Quarterfinals

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State soccer team will be making its second trip to Nashville, Tennessee in the last three weeks on Friday as it opens the 2021 ASUN Conference Soccer Championship against Lipscomb.

Friday’s quarterfinal match with the Bisons is set for 2 p.m. at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The match will be streamed on YouTube Live and live stats available. Tickets for the JSU-LU contest are also available to purchase online at JSUGamecockSports.com. ASUN Soccer Championship Logo

The Gamecocks are advancing to the ASUN Soccer Championship in their return to the league. Jax State is no stranger to ASUN postseason competition as it made the championship field in four of the eight seasons it was in the league prior to the move to the Ohio Valley Conference. The Gamecocks have reached the semifinal round of the ASUN Championship three times previously (2004, 2003, 1999).

JSU entered the final weekend of the regular season needing a win over North Alabama in the final regular season outing and help from other results around the league. The Gamecocks fulfilled their part with a 1-0 win over the Lions of UNA on Friday in Florence. JSU’s work against its opponents from the ASUN East with wins over Kennesaw State and Stetson gave it better footing in the tiebreakers within the ASUN.

JSU will be looking to avenge a 4-1 loss to LU back on Oct. 14 on the same pitch. The Gamecocks goal came via a penalty kick in the second half off the foot of Kylie wells. The Bisons earned the right to host a portion of the ASUN Soccer Championship by claiming the top spot in the ASUN West Division.

The other quarterfinal match that will be hosted by LU pits Liberty and Eastern Kentucky against each other on Friday at 6 p.m. Liberty finished second in the ASUN East, while EKU placed third in the ASUN West. Sunday’s ASUN Semifinal match will get started at 1 p.m. on Sunday. In the other half of the bracket, Florida Gulf Coast, the top seed from the ASUN East will host Bellarmine. Central Arkansas (W2) will face off against Kennesaw State (E3).

The ASUN Soccer Championship match will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Junior Cephana Deane capped off the regular season as the club’s top scorer with six goals, including the game-winning goal at UNA. Deane has put together a solid season with 13 total points and 19 total shots with 11 on-goal opportunities. Deane is one of eight different Gamecocks to record a goal this season and one of six with multiple goals. Freshman Nyeemah Prescod-Beckles has tallied four goals in the regular season, while Wells and sophomore Cynthia Bagozzi have three scoring plays. Sophomore Gabriel Clarke and junior Reilly Kucko have recorded a pair of goals each.

Defensively, JSU is led by its backline of Briana Eads and Brooklyn Still. The two have combined for over 2,900 minutes of action on the pitch. Redshirt junior Morgan Lerch collected her fourth shutout of the season in the regular season finale at UNA. She moved past former Gamecock stopper Caroline Robinson for career shutouts with 13 in her career.

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