Women's Soccer Grabs A 1-0 Victory At Austin Peay
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team moved to 4-1 overall with a 1-0 victory over Austin Peay State University Friday in Clarksville, Tenn. It was a goal in the ninth minute by sophomore Kasey Rubosky, her first of the season that lifted the Zags to their first shutout of 2012.
"Despite getting stuck in traffic for two and a half hours on our way to the match, our team got off the bus ready to play and got out there and down to business," explained Zag head coach Amy Edwards. "This is definitely a tough road trip for us and I am extremely happy we got this victory."
It only took eight minutes and three seconds for Gonzaga to get on the scoreboard. Sophomore Cricket Harber used her powerful foot to send in a 60-yard free kick to the back post that senior Emma Dolcetti headed back across the goal mouth where Rubosky was there to head it home.
Rubosky's goal was the third of her career. She also became the seventh different Bulldogs to notch a goal this season.
"We have so many people that can score goals for us and we are always going to be dangerous off set pieces," said Edwards.
Dolcetti had a chance of her own to add to Gonzaga's lead in the first half. The forward was slotted a through ball by freshman Lauren Luke for a breakaway, but Dolcetti's shot was snuffed out by the Lady Govs goalkeeper Haylee Shoaff.
Despite only being credited with three shots on goal, Austin Peay (2-3-0) had a few dangerous opportunities in both halves.
"Austin Peay was dangerous on the through balls that its players would run in behind and nearly get breakaways," explained Edwards. "It forced Susan [Brown] to have to come off her line and either clear balls or quickly grab them out of the air."
The Lady Govs best opportunity came with under 20 seconds to play in the contest. They had a long throw in that was flicked-on by a teammate and forced Brown off her line and forced her to grab the ball out of the air.
"That final minute was a little nerve wracking," said Edwards. "Susan came up big with the grab and held on to it extremely well."
The shutout was Brown's eighth of her Bulldog career, having picked up seven in 2011; her first year as a Zag.
"I was happy with Susan, along with our center backs Morgan [Manchester] and Cricket," stated Edwards. "They played a little more organized today. Morgan and Cricket were reading each other well, communicating and were very solid stepping out of the back and tackling."
Gonzaga finished the match with the 14-8 advantage in shots. Dolcetti had the most shots with five, while sophomore Tori Lee was credited with three.
The Bulldogs conclude their trip to Tennessee with a match-up with Vanderbilt University Sunday. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. PT.