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Impressive display in opener

The women’s soccer program at VSU kicked off in style this week with the Lady Blazers picking up convincing victories against Georgia Southwestern and Queens University of Charlotte.

It all began Thursday evening with the inaugural match taking place against Georgia Southwestern. A crowd of 1,577 turned out to see the Lady Blazers dominate proceedings in what turned out to be an outstanding performance resulting in a 6-0 victory.

First half goals from Hannah Mulkey and Shealy Kulp set the ladies on their way, before second period strikes from Emily Gray Powell and Emily Cooper, and a brace from Kayla Reid guaranteed an emphatic opening game victory.

Next up for the Lady Blazers was a Labor Day fixture against Queens Royals which proved to be a far closer affair than the final score of 4-1 suggests.

After a closely fought, goalless first period, a long range strike from defender Areille Sabina gave the Lady Blazers the lead with 15 minutes left to play.

However, the lead lasted barely a few minutes before the Royals hit back instantly with a goal from Kristen Wright. But despite having just equalized, the Royals were soon on the back foot once again as a counter attack saw the Lady Blazers retake the lead two minutes later with a well taken strike from Blakely McClellan.

As the visitors pushed forward in search of a leveler, the Lady Blazers sought to put the game beyond doubt and did so with McClellan grabbing her second score, and the teams third of the night, before Rebecca Miller completed the scoring late on to condemn the Royals to a crushing defeat.

With a 100 percent record so far, the Women’s Soccer team has made an excellent start to its season and is eager to extend its unbeaten run when they play away at Coker on Friday.

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