Back-to-back wins keep soccer team undefeated in SoCon

Melissa Montgomery recorded two saves in the soccer team’s weekend road trip and received SoCon honors. Photo courtesy of Samford Sports.

By Corry Mulligan |

The Samford women’s soccer team shut out both College of Charleston and the Citadel this weekend in a crucial SoCon road trip.

The Lady Bulldogs improved their conference record to 6-0-2 and extended their undefeated streak in conference play to 22 matches over the weekend.

“Playing on the road is never easy, especially at Citadel and College of Charleston,” junior sports medicine major Shanika Thomas said. “It’s about having a team mentality of getting the job done, and coming away with two wins which we were fortunate to do.”

Samford won the first match of the trip on Friday in a shootout against The Citadel.

The Cadets fired 15 shots at the Samford defense, five of which were on target.

Not to be outdone, the Dogs totaled 17 shots, with four on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Montgomery posted her second shutout of the season, racking up five saves in the process.

The first goal of the night came in the 30th minute of play when sophomore exercise science major Ariane Lukens found the back of the net after an assist from junior communication studies major Trine Taule.

This goal was Lukens’ first since she transferred from the University of South Carolina to Samford.

Samford took its 1-0 advantage into the locker room at halftime and looked to increase its lead in the second half.

It did not take long for the Lady Bulldogs to do so, as Taule scored her fourth goal of the season only 6:44 into the second half.

The goal, assisted by senior English major Adrianne Mancino, was the 15th of Taule’s career, which catapulted her into ninth place on Samford’s all-time scoring list.

Two days later, Samford traveled to Patriots Point to take on the College of Charleston Cougars in a rematch of last year’s SoCon championship.

“College of Charleston is a very good team,” Thomas said. “We knew that they would come out with a lot of emotion and energy.”

After 56 minutes of scoreless play, junior elementary education major Michelle Moll received a pass from sophomore entrepreneurship major Brittany Hoffman and found the back of the net, giving Samford a 1-0 lead.

Moll earned her fourth goal of the season, and Hoffman tallied her second assist of the season on the play.

Montgomery turned in another spectacular performance with three saves, leading to her second straight shutout.

The Samford defense as a whole played excellently, allowing only six shots in the match.

“It’s exciting when we can get goals on the front end, but much credit goes to our defense for preventing any,” Thomas said.

This was the team’s fourth shutout of the season and third in conference play.

The Bulldogs have dominated SoCon play thus far this season, outscoring their opponents 18-7 in head-to-head battles.

Over the weekend, Samford added to a successful history against both teams, improving its all-time record to 5-0-1 against The Citadel and 5-1-2 against College of Charleston.

The Lady Bulldogs face UNCG, second place in the SoCon standings, next at home on senior night in an important SoCon matchup Friday, Oct. 19.

There will be a pre-game presentation honoring seniors Sabbath McKiernan-Allen, Kaley Blanton and Adrianne Mancino before the game kicks off at 7 p.m.

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