Buies Creek, N.C. - The Hatters offense came to life with four goals leading to a 4-1 win over Campbell (4-6-1, 1-2-0) Thursday night in Buies Creek. Stetson (4-7-0, 1-2-0) picked up its first win in the past four games and first conference victory of 2010.
After a scoreless first half freshman Alyssa Welsh (Edison, NJ) started the Hatter barrage in the 52nd minute. She started a give-and-go with a pass left to Courtney Jenista (Pensacola, Fla.) who then returned a one-touch back to the freshman who ripped a shot lower left from 20 yards out center for her first career goal.
"It was great to see Alyssa break the seal for us and get her first career goal", said Stetson head coach Julie Orlowski.
Just over five minutes later the Hatters struck again when Kristen Higel (St. Augustine, Fla.) delivered her first goal of the season and second of her career. She caught the Camels off balance and blasted a free kick past the keeper and into the net on the right side from 35 yards out.
Jenista tallied her Atlantic Sun Conference leading 5th goal of the season in the 61st minute after being sent inside two yards by Tessa Gavilsky (Granite City, Ill.). The scoring play elevated both Jenista and Gavilsky into a first place tie in A-Sun scoring with 11 points each. Gavilsky sits alone atop the league with five assists.
"Courtney was fantastic tonight with a goal and an assist and Tessa worked really hard all night", said Orlowski.
Stetson's final goal was the result of a scramble inside the box. Senior Natalie Simon (Lauderhill, Fla.) picked up her own rebound off Camel backup keeper Ryann Torrero and slipped it home for her second of the season.
"We have been telling the players that if we work hard and do the little things luck will turn our way and it did tonight", said Orlowski
Stetson goalkeeper Andrea Garavaglia (Webster Groves, Mo.) was in excellent form turning away six shots on goal. She lost her bid for a shutout when Lauren Kuklenski scored with an assist to Kaili Terry in the 80th minute. Campbell finished with 15 shots to 10 for Stetson and the Camels held a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks.
"Our defense played very well tonight limiting Campbell's scoring opportunities. We would have loved to see Andi get a shutout but the shot they scored on was impressive and impossible to stop", said Orlowski. "We had some freshmen play very well tonight. Ciarra was strong in the back and Chelsea came in and gave us some quality minutes."
After six consecutive road games during the month of September the Hatters finally return home to the Stetson Soccer Complex for a 7:00 p.m. game against conference-leading Kennesaw State on Friday, October 1.
"It will be great to come back and finally play at home", said Orlowski. "A big thanks to our fans and alumni who came out to see us on the road."