NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Kennesaw State soccer team started fast, notching three first half goals and held on to remain undefeated on the road for its third-consecutive win as the Owls posted a 3-2 victory over Lipscomb on Sunday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
"It was good we got the result," said Head Coach Rob King. "Obviously three-nothing at halftime and they battled really hard. Lipscomb battled really hard in the second half and made it difficult for us. We knew it was going to be a battle and got the results we wanted this weekend, so we are very pleased."
The Owls (7-6-1, 3-1-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) put the pressure on LU (2-8-4, 0-4-2) early in the match as redshirt-sophomore Katrina Frost (Fayetteville, Ga./South Carolina) scored her fifth goal of the season in the 9th minute of the first half. Frost received a through ball from freshman Danielle Gray (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh HS) and finished into the bottom right corner of the goal.
KSU moved its lead to 3-0 on back-to-back goals in the 33rd and 35th minutes as senior midfielder Liz Blackburn (Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue East HS) and junior defender Kelsey Barr (Douglasville, Ga./South Carolina) notched their second and fourth goals of the season, respectively.
On a perfect cross from the right flank from freshman midfielder Hannah Churchill (Bristol, England/Filton College), Blackburn one-touched the ball into the left corner. Just two minutes later, Barr connected on a header off of a corner kick by redshirt-sophomore Jewelia Strickland (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama). It was Strickland's team-leading sixth assist of the season and fifth from a corner kick service.
Entering the second half with a 3-0 lead, the Owls had to fend off a spirited Lipscomb side. With just over five minutes gone in the second half, LU was awarded a penalty kick after a hand ball in the Owl 18-yard box and Brittany Rupple finished into the back of the net. Rupple added a second penalty kick in the 73rd minute, but KSU tightened its defense to hold on to the 3-2 win.
The Owls fired 22 shots in the match, with nine on goal, while Lipscomb tallied five shots with three on frame. Frost led the KSU attack with seven shots and four on goal. Gray and sophomore midfielder Nicole Calder (Adelaide, Australia/Westminster) added three shots each. Rupple tallied two shots, both on goal, for the Bison.
Kennesaw State earned 12 corner kicks, while holding LU without a corner in the match. Both teams combined for 21 fouls on the day.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Roberts (Rome, Ga./Marshall) collected one save in the win, while Erin Zerio registered six saves for the Bison.
Kennesaw State next returns home for its final home matches of the season, with the Owls hosting North Florida on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 14, KSU will celebrate seniors Lexi Hastings (Ontario, Canada/Lassiter), Mel Hutto (Pensacola, Fla./South Alabama), Roberts and Blackburn, before facing off against Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Both contests will be held at KSU Stadium.
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