Kennesaw State Pulls Away For 21-9 Win Over @GWULacrosse Sunday Afternoon

Ryan Gunter Photo | Gardner-Webb University
Ryan Gunter Photo | Gardner-Webb University

Final Score: Kennesaw State 21, Gardner-Webb 9
Location: Kennesaw, Ga. (Fifth Third Bank Stadium)
Records: Gardner-Webb 0-5, KSU 1-2

The Short Story: Kennesaw State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead less than a minute into the match before Gardner-Webb answered back with two minutes later. The Owls went on a mini-two goal spurt before the Runnin' Bulldogs answered with 20:39 left in the half to cut the lead down to 3-2. Gardner-Webb and KSU proceeded to trade goals over a seven-minute span. The Runnin' Bulldogs managed to pull even at 4-4 with 12:34 left in the first half before the Owls took the lead 30 seconds later. Kennesaw State went on an 8-2 run to end the half with the lead at 12-6 and taking the lead for good.

Amanda Steinmuller scored a single game high five goals on an efficient six shot attempts. She also had four draw controls. She has 14 goals on the year and has scored at least two goals every game this season, including eight goals over the last two games.

Emma Rose scored her third goal of the year.

Maddie Stephens scored in her second consecutive game.

Abby Hanscom scored a season high two goals on four shots, while reeling in one ground ball. She caused two turnovers and had four draw controls.

Katie Sylvester made the first start of her career and played 33 minutes.

Carrie Studdard played in her first career game. She played the last 7:19 of the game and recorded her first career save.

• Connor Zophy led the Owls with seven goals on 15 shots, while picking up two ground balls and adding an assist. Teammate Sydney Farwick chipped in with five goals, an assist, seven draw controls, and three ground balls.

• Gardner-Webb converted 3-of-5 free position attempts, while KSU were 5-of-13. The Runnin' Bulldogs were 8-of-15 on clear attempts, while the Owls were 9-of-10.

KSU scored 55 seconds into the match on a goal from Taylor Catts off an assist from Emily Napierala to give them a 1-0.

Gardner-Webb answered back on a goal from Rose two minutes later. Ashley Fisch found Rose in between the defense on a well-timed pass that Rose put past the keeper and tie the game up a 1-1.

The Owls responded with two consecutive goals before Stephens found a seam in the defense before scoring to cut the deficit down to one. KSU's Zophy scored on a rebound after Sydney Farwick's shot went wide. Hanscom found the back of the net as she sent a rocketed a shot past the keeper with 13:41 and trimming the lead down to 4-3.

Coming out of a timeout, Gardner-Webb maintained the momentum as Steinmuller was fouled inside the scoring area, giving the chance at a free position goal. Steinmuller converted the attempt to tie the game up at four apiece.

Kennesaw State proceeded to go on a 5-0 run before Hanscom scored her second goal of the game on a free position goal to cut the deficit down to 9-5 with 6:52 left in the first half.

The Owls answered back with the next two goals before Steinmuller answered the challenge and scored her second goal of the half with two and half minutes remaining. Kennesaw State scored with 11 seconds left to take a 12-6 heading into the intermission.

The Owls scored three goals in the first five minutes of the second half to widen the lead to 15-6 before Steinmuller answered back for the hat trick. Steinmuller won the draw control and took the ball down the field and placed the ball in the back of the net. Steinmuller continued her scoring streak with another goal just a minute later. The goal was her fourth of the game.

Kennesaw State stated scored the next seven goals with their final goal scored with 9:21 left in the match, expanded the lead to 12, which was the final margin. Steinmuller added her fifth goal of the game with 1:43 left on the clock.

The Runnin' Bulldogs will host the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday, March 8 for a 5:00 p.m. contest.