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Mills records eighth shutout of season in big 1-0 match victory

VSU forward Rebecca Miller scored the only goal in the women’s soccer 1-0 victory over South Carolina-Aiken Wednesday night, placing them at 9-3 on the season, 4-1 in conference play.

Blazer Defender Lizzie Lohmar gave Miller the assist to finally give them the determining goal on their 12th shot.

Although the Blazer offense wasn’t executing, their defense continues to come up big for them, only allowing one shot on goal against the Pacers.

Goalkeeper Olivia Mills, who made the excellent save, recorded her eighth shutout this season.

Mills was awarded Gulf South Conference Defender of the Week this week after her performance against North Alabama, Sunday.

VSU Defender Arielle Sabina, who received the same honors earlier in the season, enjoys playing beside her freshman goalkeeper.

“We just all work well with each other, protecting her as much as possible,” Sabina said. “The four of us in the back play hard.”

Sabina is one of the few upperclassmen on the team and she uses her experience to her advantage.

“I communicate more with them since they are new to the game,” Sabina said. “A lot of them are still getting used to the physicality of playing at this level. I usually just play by example.”

The Blazers can thank their constant defense down the stretch for their success this season. The last time they scored more than two goals in a game was 10 games prior.

Head Coach Mel Heinz was impressed to see her team playing relentless defense so effectively.

“Our backs and our keeper I give them our win,” Heinz said. “I’m proud of them. If you want to go as far as we want to go, you can’t take a day off.”

The Blazers finished the game with 19 shots and eight of them on goal.

They will play five more home games until the GSC tournament which starts in November.

VSU will play their next match at home against Palm Beach Atlantic, Saturday at 7 p.m.

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