ANDERSON, S.C. – An early goal by Tera Dolan and two second half goals by Helena Moore and Krystal Goss was all Anderson University women’s soccer needed en route to a 3-0 shutout over Coker in first matchup between the schools as South Atlantic Conference members Saturday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.
With the win, the Trojans picked up their first SAC victory and remain unbeaten within the conference, moving to 1-0-1. Overall, AU improves to 2-2-1.
“I am encouraged and inspired by our players,” head coach Samar Azem said. “They came out fighting for a conference win today and with playing four matches in seven days, 10 goals on the week is a huge improvement from last season. I’ve raised the bar and asked a lot of them and they responded as a unit. I give credit to Coker, they have come a long way and I think they will surprise some teams this year.”
Dolan got Anderson off to a fast start in the opening half when she headed in a cross from freshman Madison Taylor. The header beat Coker goalkeeper Lizz Morris to her right, as Dolan recorded her first goal in the Black and Gold.
As the Trojans went into halftime leading, Moore added her first collegiate tally at the 52:59 mark when Goss made a solid run into the Coker box. Her pass found Moore and her shot scooted past Morris to her left to increase the Anderson lead.
Goss added her own goal in the 83rd minute when a shot by Emily Perez bounced off of Morris and found Goss inside the box. The Newry, S.C. native found a wide open net to give AU its final goal of the match. For Goss, the goal was her second of the season and 18th in her career.
Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp moved into the conference record books, as she has tallied 17.4 shutouts throughout her career. Neipp now sits alone for 10th all-time in SAC history, passing Whitney Wardrop (2005-06) of Tusculum and Tracy Shurford (1990-93) of Elon who each carried 17 shutouts for their respective careers. For the match, Neipp posted nine saves, as most of Coker shots came from outside Anderson’s box.
Keeping the Cobras out of rhythm was a backline led by Taylor, Corinne Doll and Faith Johannes. AU outshot Coker 18-15 on the afternoon as Goss led the way with five and Moore and Paige Gowans-Smith each had four apiece. Not recording a statistic, senior Olivia Scalzitti controlled the midfield help maintain the pace of the match.
“Olivia (Scalzitti) stepped up incredibly well and she had a great game,” Azem said. “Paige (Gowans-Smith), Krystal (Goss), Helena (Moore) and Alaina (Gay) also did well. For them to go along with the consistency of Faith (Johannes) and Maddie (Taylor) was great.”
The Trojans continue their SAC slate on Wednesday, Sept. 25 as they head to another conference newcomer in Queens. Kickoff from Charlotte, N.C. is set for 7:30 p.m.