TROY, Ala. - The Stetson women's soccer team (1-3-0) was defeated by Jacksonville State (4-1-0) in their first game of the Trojan Classic, falling by a score of 2-0 on Friday afternoon in Troy, Alabama. The Hatters will return to action on Sunday, taking on the host Trojans at 1:00 p.m.
The Gamecocks got out to the early lead on an unassisted goal in the sixth minute of play. Brianna Boutziouvis scored her second goal of the season to give Jacksonville State a 1-0 lead that it held constant for the next 65 minutes of play.
The Hatters had a number of chances to even the score before halftime, recording nine shots to Jacksonville State's six in the first frame. Freshmen Jorje Pierce and Franziska Wendel each were able to get a shot off in the final two minutes, missing wide and having the attempt blocked, respectively.
Stetson continued its strong attack in the second half, finishing with 20 total shots to the Gamecocks'11, but Jacksonville State was able to manage a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Hatters also failed to garner as many corner kick opportunities as their opponent, recording only one to the Gamecocks' five.
"We had a lot of opportunities, but some of them were only half chances," Head Coach Julie Orlowski said of the team's 20 shots. "We should have made one more pass to get in, and we need to be a little more patient, but I will never discourage us from shooting."
The one-goal deficit increased to two scores when Kelsey Bright tallied her first goal of the season, beating Stetson goalkeeper Laura Seletos from the right side of the box. The 2-0 lead in the 72nd minute lasted for the rest of the contest, as Jacksonville State improved to 4-1-0 on the season, while Stetson fell to 1-3-0.
"From an opportunity stand point, we played very well for the last 70 minutes of the game," Orlowski continued. "You have to give kudos to our bench, specifically Virginia Davis, who was fantastic today. However, we can't afford to spot teams 15 minutes at the start of the game, and expect to come back."
Stetson will attempt to rebound from this tournament-opening loss when taking on host Troy on Sunday. The Trojans, 3-2-0 on the season, host Louisiana Tech at 4:00 p.m. on Friday in their first game of the tournament.