Owls Win, Advance in Women's @ASUNSoccer Championship to Face Top Seed FGCU

Owls Win, Advance in Women's @ASUNSoccer Championship to Face Top Seed FGCU

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - In Friday's first-round action of the 2019 ASUN Conference Women's Soccer Championship, No. 5 Kennesaw State upset No. 4 North Florida by a 3-1 score at the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The Owls improve to 11-7-0 on the year and avenged its 1-0 loss to the Ospreys earlier this season.

KSU opened the scoring early with an eighth-minute goal from Erin Harris her fourth of the season. The Owls held a 2-0 halftime lead on Morgan Harrison's first goal of the season. The senior midfielder took a pass from Freshman of the Year Becky Contreras in the 26th minute and put it past North Florida goalie Rhiannon Conelley.

First Team All-Conference selection Thais Reiss cut the KSU lead in half with her 12th goal of the season in the 75th minute. Kendra Hoffman and Carmel Oliveira were credited with assists on the Reiss goal. Kennesaw State's Isabella Contreras added an insurance goal for the Owls and put the match out of reach in the 83rd minute as she took a pass from Kameron Downs and scored.

Turning Point

In the 83rd minute, shortly after UNF's Thais Reiss scored to cut the KSU lead in half, Isabella Contreras launched a shot from outside the box over goalkeeper Kelli Crowley that bounced in to put the Owls up 3-1 on the scoreboard and swing the momentum back in KSU's favor.

Scoring Summary

  • 7:32 - Erin Harris, KSU (unassisted)
  • 25:37 - Morgan Harrison, KSU (Becky Contreras)
  • 74:01 - Thais Reiss, UNF (Kendra Hoffman & Carmel Oliveira)
  • 82:12 - Isabella Contreras, KSU (Kameron Downs)

Inside The Box Score

  • Kennesaw State goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao made 10 saves while her counterpart Rhiannon Conelly made three stops.
  • North Florida held a 17-11 shot advantage in the match.
  • The Ospreys also held an edge in corner kicks, 4-2, while Kennesaw State committed 17 fouls compared to six for North Florida.
  • Thais Reiss had five shots for the Ospreys. The Owls were led by four different players with two shots apiece (Erin Harris, Carly Pressgrove, Emely Sosa, Morgan Harrison).

News & Notes

  • Kennesaw State is the first No. 5 seed since 2015 to advance to the semifinals of the ASUN Championship (Stetson).
  • This was the Owls' first win in championship play since 2016, a 4-1 win over Jacksonville.
  • Kennesaw State is riding a four-match winning streak and is 6-2-0 in its last eight matches.
  • KSU improved to an even 9-9-3 all-time in ASUN Championship history.
  • North Florida is 0-3-2 in its last five ASUN Championship matches. Its last victory was in 2012, a 3-1 win over Kennesaw State.
  • The 11 wins this season for North Florida set a new Division I-era program record.

Up Next

The Owls face top-seeded FGCU on its home field Sunday, at 1 PM ET in Fort Myers, Fla. The match can be seen live on YouTube. North Florida concludes its season with an 11-6-2 record.

The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.