Murray State women’s soccer traveled to Jacksonville State for an afternoon clash with the Gamecocks on Friday. The Racers, who entered the contest at 5-0, would receive the first blemish on their record as the Gamecocks defeated Murray State for the second-straight season – this time by a score line of 2-1.

JSU wasted no time in its return home after a three-game road trip as the Gamecocks opened the scoring in the game’s first minute when Ida Cedarburg finished a pass from Gabriel Clarke.

The Racers would face a 1-0 deficit at the halftime whistle, but would come out of the break on a mission as they collected the equalizer in the 52nd minute when freshman Chloe Barnthouse found the net for the third time this season off a deflected shot from Symone Cooper.

The Gamecocks reclaimed the lead just ten minutes later, however, when Cynthia Bagozzi’s shot ricocheted off a Murray State defender to beat Racer goalkeeper Jenna Villacres as Jacksonville State owned a 2-1 lead in the 61st minute.

Despite nine second-half shots from the Racers, Murray State’s search for a second equalizer would come up short as they fell by a score of 2-1.

Barnthouse led the Racer attack with the goal while she also generated a team-high four shots on the day.

Villacres, the sophomore goalkeeper out of Westerville, Ohio, made a season-high seven saves in the defeat.

The Racers will be back in action on Tuesday when they return home to host Tennessee Tech. Kickoff is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Dan Hasko

Graduate Assistant – Media Relations

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