Gamecock Soccer Falls in ASUN Soccer Quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jacksonville State’s return season to the ASUN Conference ended in the 2021 ASUN Soccer Championship quarterfinals with a 6-0 loss to Lipscomb on Friday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

The Gamecocks finish the season at 7-10-2 and collected three wins and a draw against ASUN opponents. The Bisons, the top-seed from the ASUN West, advances to Sunday’s semifinal round against either Eastern Kentucky or Liberty.

LU scored three goals in each 45 minute periods, highlighted by the first three goals in a 14-minute span of the first half. Cami Rogers, who had two of the the goals, gave the Bisons the lead with the first netted ball in the 10th minute of the first 45 minutes. The hosts extended the lead on Kammy McGee’s goal in the 13th minute. Rogers recorded her second goal of the contest in the 24th minute. LU finished the first half with an 11-4 shot advantage and turned in 19 total shots.

Jax State finished with eight shots, led by junior Reilly Kucko and freshman Kylie Wells as both connected on a pair of shots.

The Bisons added to the scoring with a goal by Molly Grant in the 59th minute and two more in the final six minutes. Grant was credited with an assist on two of LU’s three goals in the first half. McGee accumulated two assists in the result.

“It was a disappointing performance and Lipscomb looked like a team that has been here before. We got behind in the first half and I think as the season progressed, we improved,” said head coach Neil Macdonald. I think we are on the right path and we have been through the ASUN and we now know what we need to do to improve as a program.”

JSU with a young club will return the nucleus of the program, but will have to fill the voids of Kucko, Cephana Deane, Auset Gibbs, Julia Papa and Alicia Pallister.

“We have the core of the team returning and we are excited about the future and who we are bringing in to the program,” added Macdonald. “We are on the right path and we need to use moments like this to learn from.”

JSU was making its fifth appearance in the ASUN Women’s Soccer Championship dating back to its previous stint in the league. The Gamecocks made the tournament in four of the eight seasons it was a member of the ASUN.

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