VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State improved to 8-1-1 on the season and dropped Anderson to 4-4-2 with a second half scoring flurry that led to a 4-2 victory for the Blazers. Everybody got in on the fun with four different Blazers scoring in the match.
Blakely McClellan was the first to score for VSU. Arielle Sabina set McClellan up with a free kick into the box for McClellan to finish to tie the match. Before the first half ended, VSU’s Emily Cooper added another for Valdosta State, unassisted, to take a short-lived lead.
Then, in the second half, VSU broke through for two unanswered goals from Erin Hill and Hannah Mulkey.
One aspect of the VSU squad that makes the team tough to mark is how many different Blazers can put the ball in the net. Tuesday night, Valdosta State proved it, especially with a more aggressive approach in the second half.
Valdosta State and Anderson played a pretty even first half, going to the break tied, 2-2. The Blazers held a slight edge in shots, 5-4, after 45 minutes of play.
Anderson’s Krystal Goss scored the first goal in just the seventh minute of play. The Tritons were awarded a free kick that was deflected and Goss finished the rebound for the early lead.
The Blazers answered 13 minutes later when Sabina found McClellan for her second goal of the season. Sabina put it into the box, and McClellan found it in a scrum to put it away and tie the match, 1-1.
Cooper was next to score for VSU to give the Blazers a lead, at least for a bit. On a free kick far outside the box, Cooper found the goal for a 2-1 lead at the beginning of the 33rd minute.
Anderson, not to be outdone, scored just one minute later. Adrienne Lough sent a free kick ahead to Chelsea Hamrick for the finish and a tied match before the break.
The second half, however, proved to be a different story for the Blazers. After just a 5-4 advantage in shots in the first half, Valdosta State claimed an 18-4 advantage in shots, placing 11 second half shots on goal.
The Blazers finished with 14 shots on goal and 23 shots overall, forcing the Anderson goalkeeper combination of Kaitlyn Neipp and Tatiana Guarin to make a combined 10 saves, two saves too short.
The ball seldom crossed midfield in the second half as Valdosta State put the pedal down and refused to let off. The Blazers will look to do the same in a conference match against Alabama-Huntsville at 7 p.m. Friday.