Written By: Kristin Whitman
VSU soccer played with their heads to take a 2-1 Gulf South Conference victory against Spring Hill College.
Blazers Leanne Bishop, senior midfielder and Shelby Jennings, junior defender both made successful headers to smother the Badgers Sunday.
The Blazers now stand at an overall 5-5-1 record with a conference record of 5-1-1 holding firm as No. 3 in the GSC.
VSU took a tough 0-2 loss against Columbus State on Friday. According to junior midfielder Margaret Stauffer the team was disappointed with its loss and all of them were really hungry for a GSC win.
The first half of Sunday’s game was scoreless but was followed by a heated second half when the Blazer’s Stauffer hoisted a corner kick to the far side of the goal where Leanne Bishop connected with a header into the back left corner for a 1-0 Blazers lead.
SHC quickly badgered VSU when Courtney Harlan moved past two defenders towards the 18-yard box and curved a shot back to the right side of the net to hook the match up at 1-1.
The game continued to heat up for the Blazers when Stuaffer succeeded in her second assist of the game late in the second half.
A foul by the Badgers allowed for a free-kick for Stuaffer who delivered the ball to Jennings for another header that wrapped up a 2-1 victory for VSU.
This win improved the team’s point total to 16 as the GSC tournament approaches in November.
Head coach Rebecca Nolin is proud of her team for its win on Sunday but wants to work on taking the next step by working hard on finishing the chances the team had to score.
VSU returns to the Athletic Fieldhouse for play on Sat Oct. 18 at 1p.m. against Union University. This is another GSC matchup against the visiting Bulldogs from Tennessee, who are coming to VSU looking for its first conference win of the 2014 season.