PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Shawnee State women’s soccer team used a dominating 11-point day – three goals, five assists, the latter stat a school record – from Jenny Campbell and two goals each from Maddie Woodard and Schuyler Jones en route to the biggest margin of victory in program history as the Bears cruised to a 12-0 win over Kentucky Christian at the Shawnee Turf on Tuesday afternoon.
Shawnee State (9-8-1) would put together as complete of a contest as humanly possible in Tuesday’s bout against the Knights, as the Bears put up 39 shots up on the day – with 29 of those shots coming on goal – and adding 10 assists to boot. Meanwhile, the Bears’ backline would hold Kentucky Christian (6-10) to just a single shot, as a free kick by Jessi Spellman in the 76th minute counted as the Knights’ lone shot of the contest.
“It was a great day all the way around,” Shawnee State head coach Rob Appell stated following the victory. “We were able to get different individuals involved in the offense today, with eight people scoring goals; all of our seniors scored at least a goal today, and the win is simply a great confidence booster heading into Thursday.”
From the outset, the Shawnee State offensive attack would not let up, as the Bears obtained a goal from Jones off a Campbell pass in the fifth minute to put Shawnee State in front early with SSU rolling to a 1-0 lead right out of the gate.
After Shawnee State’s first goal, it wouldn’t take much longer for the Bears to strike again as SSU pounded the Knights with a trio of goals in a five-minute span off of goals from Woodard, Heather Hencye and Campbell in the 13th, 15th, and 18th minutes to take a 4-0 lead.
In the middle of the first half, Shawnee State would add two more blasts as Jones took a pass from Campbell on the far end of the field and finished with a low kick in the corner on the near end in the 26th minute while Woodard would add another goal off of a rebound in the 30th minute to give the Bears a 6-0 lead.
Less than six minutes later, Shawnee State went on its third tear of the half as Mollie King and Erin Phillips each got into the scoring act in back-to-back minutes, with King finishing off a pass from Woodard and Phillips scoring the first goal of her career on a dime from Campbell to push the Bears’ advantage to an 8-0 tally by the halftime break.
The second half would see Shawnee State continue on its tear offensively as the Bears used a Campbell strike just six minutes in to give SSU a 9-0 advantage as Shawnee State took 10 shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half of play.
From the 69th minute to the 74th mark of action, the Bears would put the finishing touches on the match as Mara McGee, Tasha Wilson, and Campbell added goals at the 69:10, 69:48, and 74:27 tallies to push the score to 12-0, which would ultimately be the final on the afternoon.
For Shawnee State, Campbell – who tied the overall mark for assists in a match in October against Cincinnati-Clermont – now stands alone as the school’s all-time leader in assists for a match with her five against Kentucky Christian on Tuesday.
The sophomore midfielder also becomes the first player in school history to record over 20 assists for a season (21) and also recorded the third hat trick of her career with today’s effort.
Campbell, however, wasn’t the only one to make history on the day, as Jones and Wilson appeared in their 75th career contest on Tuesday, tying the all-time mark with Amanda Plotts and Ashley Fender for the most games played in a career in program history.
Additionally, Wilson – who also made her 75th career start in today’s contest – now stands alone as the all-time career record holder for games started during a career at Shawnee State.
“When looking at statistics for soccer, I think that the one place that gets overlooked the most is how many games that you played in or started in,” Appell said. “This is a physical sport and a student-athlete has to overcome a lot – injuries, illnesses, class conflicts, and even game planning. For Tasha and Schuyler to play and start in as many games as they have over the past four years, it says an awful lot about them and their overall dedication to the program.”
For Jones, King, Phillips, and Wilson, today’s contest marks the end of their playing days at the Shawnee Turf, where the four seniors have accumulated a 20-13 mark during their four seasons with Shawnee State. Overall, the quadrant will have finished their careers as part of three teams who finished at least .500 or better on the year.
“This is a special group,” Appell said of his seniors. “As big of a part as they all have played on the field for us, they’ve been even stronger leaders off the field, whether it is in the classroom or in our community. They’re really going to be missed.”
With the regular-season tilt finished, the Bears, who are slotted as the No. 7 seed in the Mid-South Conference Tournament, will play No. 2 seeded Campbellsville at Lovers Lane Park in Bowling Green, Ky. The contest, which is a Mid-South quarterfinal matchup, will be played on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.