Trojans Rout Flying Fleet for Second Straight WinSeptember 8, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – Using a pair of goals in each half the Anderson University women’s soccer team blanked Erskine, 4-0, in nonconference action Saturday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.
“Sometimes goals don’t dictate the way the game plays out,” said Anderson head coach Samar Azem. “It must be said that Erskine took control of the run of play for the middle part of the game. They put together a few things that we weren’t used to, had a lot of energy behind it and we took a little longer to adjust to it. Regardless, we came out very strong and proved why the first 15 minutes of every game are important.”
Anderson (2-1-1) won its second consecutive decision and claimed its fourth straight past the Flying Fleet, which fell to 1-2-1 on the season with its second straight loss.
With the win, Anderson claimed a 1.5 to 0.5 lead in the Beville Cup standings.
The Trojans stunned Erskine with a pair of goals just seconds apart in the fifth minute of action and added another two scores in the 75th minute and at the 79:11 mark to set the final score.
Senior Carrie Settle followed a corner kick from the left side off the foot of junior Krystal Goss with her first goal of the season from close range on the far side of the goal to give AU an early 1-0 lead.
It was Goss’s turn just moments later, as the Newry, S.C. native worked free on the right side of the box and fired a shot past Erskine keeper Katie Lyle to give AU a 2-0 advantage with less than five minutes gone in the contest.
The two-goal edge was all the stellar Trojan defense needed for its third straight shutout, as AU net-minder Kaitlyn Neipp did not have to face a shot from the Flying Fleet until the 28th minute, following back-to-back corner kicks from Erskine.
Anderson outshot Erskine 16-4 on the afternoon and held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
“Carrie has been doing phenomenally well at set plays in practice and she finished a great one tonight,” added Azem. “Krystal is truly coming out of her shell and creating such a strong attack for us. She played a great ball to Carrie on the corner and finished a nice one herself. Once we readjusted some things in the second half, we took control of the game again. Some of our newcomers are bringing a lot to the table and stepping into key roles. Meanwhile our veterans are doing a fantastic job of keeping the team grounded, organized, and the standard very high. Erskine is always going to be a good battle. They’re a tough, hard working, well coached team. I’m very proud of girls. They battled hard today, readjusted, and played some very smart and savvy soccer. We also stayed organized defensively through our mids and our backs and Kaitlyn did a good job to keep us in shutout mode for our third one.
Overall I’m very excited for these young ladies, they’ve been through a lot, worked incredibly hard, become so disciplined and we are seeing some very positive things come together. We’ve got one more regional game this week and I believe the girls are ready for it.”
The Trojans opens a two-match road swing at Georgia College on Wednesday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.