Sunday, October 26, 2008

No goals mean no playoffs for soccer team

A late-season power outage kept the Jacksonville State soccer team out of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

The Gamecocks' season ended Sunday with a 2-0 loss to Eastern Kentucky. Both goals came in the second half.

JSU finished the season 5-10-3 overall, 2-5-1 in the OVC with a four-game OVC losing streak and a five-game overall slide. The four OVC losses were all by shutout and came to four teams that made the tournament field.

The Gamecocks scored only nine goals in their nine matches after a 12-0 rout of Alabama State. They went 2-6-1 in those matches.

They needed Sunday's game in the worst way. They entered the day tied with Eastern Illinois for the final spot in the tournament -- and had the head-to-head tiebreaker -- but EIU won its match to bump the Gamecocks.

Senior keeper Kate Kelly made eight saves in the match and finished her career second on the JSU all-time saves list (270). Kelly and fellow seniors Elsa Kurlychek and Kristi Pereira were recognized in pregame ceremonies.

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