By: Michael Hanich | Sports Editor
The Jaguars played their first game in Mobile in Sage Field after a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns. After a tough start to their 2020 season, the South Alabama Jaguars came back home after the impact of Hurricane Sally to take on their in-state rivals in the Troy Trojans. Despite the wet weather conditions and the early scoring from Troy, the Jaguars were able to come back and win in double overtime with a 2-1 score.
It was an aggressive performance from both defenses of the Jaguars and the Trojans. Both sides were looking to get chippy as some exchanged words and bumps. The Trojans accounted for 19 total fouls in the game while the South only committed eight. The Jaguars committed eight offsides penalties while the trojans committed none.
The game looked to go into overtime with a 0-0 score in overtime until the Trojans defender Kate Eubanks with an assist by midfielder Alisa Detlefsen with 2:18 minutes left in regulation. South Alabama head coach Richard Moodie was highly vocal on the Jaguars to finish out on scoring in while driving the ball near the goal.
In one last push towards overtime with seconds left in the regulation, the Jaguars attempted one last corner kick to attempt one last shot, but the Trojans fouled them. Junior midfielder Brenna McPartlan was penalized after scoring for South Alabama with three seconds left in regulation. This was the second goal for McPartlan so far this season.
In double overtime, the Jaguars were driving the ball for another potential goal when junior defender Tilly Wilkes headbutted the final goal of the game off an assist from senior defender DeAnna Green and junior midfielderMorgan Cross. This was Wilken’s second shot of the game with her first at the goal.
The Jaguars attempted 17 total shots with eight of them towards the goal, but they were met with a great defense where Trojans freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Laroche accounted for six saves. Troy only attempted six shots with four of them at the goal.
After the game, Coach Moody said, “Two weeks ago, that was us, wasn’t it? We were up 1-0, and then Lafayette stole our thunder. The shoe is on the other foot. I think the girls did an exceptional job; they never gave up. We tactically changed, and we scored two goals off from it, so I’m proud of them. Given the world that we live in today, just happy for all the people that made this possible.”
With their first win under their belt in conference play, the Jaguars (1-1; 1-0 in Sun Belt play) will travel to Conway, South Carolina, as they will take on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (1-0; 1-0 in Sun Belt play) this Friday, September 25th at 6 p.m. CST.