By Chris Griesedieck |
The Bulldogs hosted the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in their last regular-season, non-conference game Sunday night, falling by a close score of 2-1.
Samford head coach Todd Yelton told samfordsports.com he thought the team could have played better.
“They don’t give you wins for possession, they give you wins for putting balls in the back of the net,” Yelton said. “It’s unfortunate, but we don’t get to determine how our opponents play. Jacksonville State had a fantastic game plan and in matches like tonight we need courageous players and players with desire, and we were lacking in both of those areas.”
Samford outshot the Gamecocks 22-7, but in soccer, one team can dominate time of possession and shots on goal and still come up short.
Before Sunday, the Gamecocks had not beaten the Bulldogs in a head-to-head matchup since 2002. So far, Jacksonville State is an impressive 4-0 on the road.
The only goal scored by Samford occurred late in the first half. Sophomore Amanda Abbott found a well-placed corner kick right at her feet and blasted a shot to the left corner of the goal, putting the Bulldogs ahead 1-0.
Shortly after, the Gamecocks were able to find the back of the net as true freshman Brianna Boutziouvis scored her 4th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Kat Dowd, another true freshman, had crossed the ball from left to right, finding Boutziouvis open.
“We certainly should have done better on the first-half goal that we gave up,” Yelton said. “We made a mental mistake, and then on their second goal we were dispossessed and their player just hit a great shot. I don’t think that we can fault Jessica (Perry) on either one of those goals.”
In the second half, with less than seven minutes to play in regulation, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 2-1, which was how the game would end.
Courtney Hurt of the Gamecocks settled a Boutziouvis pass near the right sideline, moving forward for a couple yards and then firing a shot into the left corner of the goal to provide the winning score.
Next on the schedule for the Samford University soccer team is their SoCon opener, an away game at Georgia Southern Friday, Sept. 21.