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Kennesaw State 6, NJIT 1Records:
Kennesaw State (4-7-1, 1-1-0 A-Sun), 2-8-0, 0-2-0Key Players: Abby Roth
(two goals), Maggie Gaughan
(one goal, two assists), Ida Hepsoe
(three assists), Khatra Mahdi
(one goal, one assist), Cassidy Kemp
(one goal), Monica Herrera
(one goal) KENNESAW, Ga. –
In the first-ever meeting between two teams from Kennesaw State and NJIT, the Owls soccer team dominated for a 6-1 win as sophomore Abby Roth
and junior Maggie Gaughan
led the way with four points each on a rainy Saturday (Oct. 3) afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
The Owls pressed early and often, registering eight corners in the first half and finding pay dirt on their fourth try as Roth headed in her second goal of the season on a service from classmate Ida Hepsoe
in the 12th minute.
Junior Cassidy Kemp
added to the KSU lead in the 29th minute as she took a short pass from sophomore Khatra Mahdi
and fired a bullet into the bottom right corner for the 2-0 lead.
Just eight minutes later, Roth and Hepsoe teamed up again for a 3-0 advantage heading into intermission as Hepsoe sent in a free kick service that found Roth's head for the first career brace of her career.
Out of the break, KSU continued to push forward as Mahdi found the back of the net in the 62nd minute after a perfect through ball from Gaughan. The Highlanders broke up the shutout 10 minutes later as Arianna Gerber found space down the left side of the field and placed a shot into right corner of the goal.
KSU responded with back-to-back scores from Gaughan and junior Monica Herrera
in the final three minutes of the match to send the Owls to their first Atlantic Sun Conference win of the season.
The Owls will next head on the road for the first time in A-Sun play as they travel to Florida for a pair of league matches against Stetson in Deland on Friday (Oct. 9) at 7 p.m. and Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday (Oct. 11) at 1 p.m. in Fort Myers. Quotable
"It was a very pleasing performance with six goals at home and lots of chances created. There was some good individual play, good combination play and strong defensively as well. All-around, it was a good game and a good game plan executed, so great win."- Kennesaw State Head Coach Rob King Notes
- Today's match against NJIT was the first-ever sporting event between NJIT and Kennesaw State after the Highlanders joined the Atlantic Sun Conference on June 12, 2015.
- Sophomore Abby Roth
registered her first career brace with two goals against the Highlanders. She now owns three goals in her KSU career, all coming this season.
- Sophomore Ida Hepsoe
notched her team-leading fourth, fifth and sixth assists of the season, equaling the program's Division I record for assists in a single match with three on the day.
- Junior Maggie Gaughan
tallied a career-high two assists against NJIT and now has four for her career. Along with her goal, Gaughan now has nine points in 2015 with three goals and three assists and has totaled 28 points in her KSU career so far.
- Junior Cassidy Kemp
added her sixth goal of the season, which leads all active players for the Owls.
- The Owls' six goals was the second-highest output for KSU this season after putting 12 away against Alabama A&M on Aug. 21.
- KSU registered nine corners in today's game, including eight corners in the first half. That is also the second-highest output on corners for the Owls this season after earning 11 against the Bulldogs on Aug. 21.
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. 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, which will play its inaugural season in 2015.
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