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Women's Soccer By Jake Dorow

SOC: Owls Travel to USC Upstate in Pivotal A-Sun Showdown

The Owls need a win or draw to advance to the A-Sun Tournament.

Match 17: Kennesaw State (5-9-2, 2-3-1) at USC Upstate (3-12-2, 1-4-1)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. ET
Location: County University Soccer Stadium | Greenville, S.C.
Links: Live Stats | Game Notes | Twitter
Series History: Kennesaw State leads 10-0

Game Preview
The Kennesaw State soccer team will play in a crucial match on Sunday (Oct. 25) afternoon with tournament implications on the line. The Owls will take on USC Upstate in their final regular-season conference match, as they must win or draw to make the 2015 A-Sun Tournament. KSU will embark on the road trip with a perfect 10-0 all-time matchup record against the Spartans, as the Owls defeated USC Upstate 1-0 a season ago.

The match will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday at County University Soccer Stadium.

Owls Drop Sunday Afternoon Match to Jacksonville
The Kennesaw State women's soccer team dropped its Sunday afternoon game to the Jacksonville Dolphins 1-0 in Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
 
The Owls controlled the play early in the first half creating several chances with the best one coming four minutes in when Khatra Mahdi had a shot on net that was saved and Maggie Gaughan tried to slot home the rebound, but hit it just high.

Kennesaw State Team Notes
• The Owls face a pivotal weekend as they are tied with North Florida with seven (7) points in the standings, and are 2-3-1 overall in the A-Sun. KSU needs a win or draw to advance to the tournament.
• The Owls rank 31st in the nation with 33 total goals in 2015 averaging 2.06 goals per game. FGCU leads the A-Sun with 35 goals in 17 games.
• The Owls rank currently ranks third in shots (236), second in total goals (33), third in assists (22), and third in assists per game (1.38).
• Junior Cassidy Kemp leads all active KSU players with 15 points on the season, ranking fourth in the conference in that category. Classmate Kim Fincher joins her on the list and is tied for seventh in the league with 14 points in her first season with the Owls.
• Both Cassidy Kemp and Kim Fincher have six goals on the season, ranking both Owls in the top six in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Kim Fincher's two goals last Friday night was a season-high and tied her career high in goals in a single game. Fincher scored in the 65th and the 84th minute to solidify the Owls' win over UNF -who are currently tied in fifth with seven overall points.
• Sophomore Ida Hepsoe leads the Owls with six assists and is second in the conference averaging 0.43 per game.
• Sophomore Ashley Zambetti returned to the starting lineup against the Bisons, recording five saves on the night and not allowing a goal in for over 109 minutes of action. This past weekend she made a season high 10 saves against Stetson followed up by seven more saves against FGCU.
• The Owls have three players (Cassidy Kemp, Brittany Reed, Kim Fincher) with 14 or more points on the season. Kemp and Fincher each have six goals while Reed has seven. The three have combined to play 3,094 minutes.

2015 Stat Leaders (Active Players)
Minutes: 1,496, Ida Hepsoe
Points: 15, Cassidy Kemp
Goals: 6, Cassidy Kemp
Assists: 6, Ida Hepsoe
Shots: 40, Kim Fincher
Shots on Goal: 16, Maggie Gaughan
Goals Against Average: 1.93, Ashley Zambetti
Saves: 54, Ashley Zambetti

Next Up
The Owls play in their regular-season finale against Emory on Tuesday (Oct. 27) evening. Kennesaw State will be honoring Hannah Churchill on Senior Night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

To keep up with the latest Kennesaw State soccer news follow the team on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and @KSUOwlsSoccer or by liking Kennesaw State University on Facebook.

Fifth Third Bank is the Official Bank of Kennesaw State Athletics. Fifth Third Bank Stadium is the home of women's soccer, women's lacrosse and football.
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