Valdosta State Holds On in Defensive Battle Between Sailfish and Blazers

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Marianne Harnes (Pictured, Center) Battles Two Valdosta State Defenders on Saturday Afternoon at Magic Jack Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Marianne Harnes (Pictured, Center) Battles Two Valdosta State Defenders on Saturday Afternoon at Magic Jack Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A stingy defensive effort by both teams left the Sailfish women’s soccer team on the short end of a defensive battle at Magic Jack Field on Saturday afternoon as Valdosta State University escaped with a 1-0 win. Both fresh off the bench, VSU players Blakely McClellan and Lauren Ingram connected for the matches only goal in the 25th minute of the first half with the lone score holding up for a Blazers victory.

Playing in front of a capacity crowd on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for soccer, both teams would have their chances in each half but the defenses and goalkeepers would keep the goals off the scoreboard.

The first-half saw neither team fire off many shots as PBA held a 5-4 lead in shots with a 4-1 lead in corner kick opportunities.

The Ingram-to-McClellan connection came on a play up the middle of the pitch as Ingram slid a pass into her teammate where she finished past a diving PBA goalkeeper Allison Fox.

VSU would pile on the close chances in the second-half but the PBA defense denied them each time. The Blazers, who improved to 7-1-1 on the season, tallied six corner kick tries in the second-half.

Olivia Mills saved one shot for VSU in posting the shutout while Fox made three saves in goal for PBA.

The Fish will have some time to recover from a tough stretch that has seen them play three matches over the past week. They next take to the field on Sunday, October 7th when they battle in a neutral site match against the University of West Alabama in Gainesville, Florida. Kickoff is projected at 12 pm.


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