Murray State women’s soccer opened their OVC schedule in style on Sunday, defending their home pitch with a convincing 5-0 victory over SIUE at Cutchin Field. Four different Racers put their names on the score sheet, while sophomore Abby Jones set a new program record for single-game assists, tallying four on the afternoon in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Murray, Kentucky.
The Racers broke open the scoring in the 13th minute, when junior Rebecca Kubin received a perfectly weighted ball from Jones and finished her 1v1 opportunity to give the Racers a 1-0 lead.
The Racers would go on to double their lead in the 37th minute, when senior Karsyn Hasch found the back of the net with a headed ball from Jones, capitalizing on a corner kick opportunity for the first goal of her career as Murray State led 2-0 as the match entered the halftime break.
Rebecca Kubin gave the Racers total control in the 59th minute, expanding the Racer lead to 3-0 after she netted her second goal of the day when she neatly finished a ball from Abby Jones into the lower corner with just over a half hour left in the competition. The brace gives the Lake Zurich, Illinois native four goals on the season.
The Racers continued their electric attack less than 10 minutes later, surging ahead to a four-goal lead when senior Emma Heise recorded her second goal of the season, putting the finishing touches on a cross from Jones in the 66th minute of action.
Finally, Abby Jones would cap the Racer scoring and her record-setting afternoon with a goal of her own, sending a strike into the side netting after beating a pair of Cougar defenders down the left wing as Murray State secured a 5-0 victory, winning their OVC opener for the sixth consecutive season.
“We’ve done it all season. We scored four against Ole Miss, three against Xavier, three against Arkansas State, and I think that this week we talked about doing the job on the other side, the defensive side, and I thought our back four were fantastic…it was just a fun game to watch,” said MSU head coach Matt Lodge.
As a team, the Racers outshot their opponent 21-13 (10-4 on target) while holding 52% of the possession on the day.
In her first action in a Racer uniform, freshman Jasmine Rosell earned the victory between the posts as the Stockholm, Sweden native made four saves to preserve the clean sheet in an impressive overall defensive effort.
While the four assists from Jones is a new single-game Racer record, it also ties the Ohio Valley Conference record as she becomes just the fifth player in OVC history to accomplish the feat.
The 5-0 victory over SIUE is part one of a three-game homestand for the Racers to begin the OVC schedule as Murray State will return to action on Friday against UT Martin in a rematch of last year’s OVC championship match – kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m.
Dan HaskoMedia Relations (SB, Soc, Ten)Murray State University