By: Santeria Evans | Sports Editor
The South Alabama women’s soccer team earned a draw after tying Mississippi State, 1-1 in an exhibition match at The Cage on Saturday.
Senior Danielle Fuentes found the back net while taking a free kick right at the edge of the penalty box in the 36th minute of the first half. State answered in the second half at the 67-minute mark with a goal of its own from Hannah Telleysh.
“I think I had a good opportunity on that free kick. In my mind, I knew I was going to make it, and I was confident in myself,” Fuentes said.
The match was an exhibition for both teams; therefore neither of their records are affected by the outcome. It was the second and final exhibition match for the Jaguars.
The match was delayed for two hours due to a lightning delay less than 15 minutes after kickoff.
Telleysh netted the tying goal at the 67-minute mark in the second half to bring the match all square. In the extra period, Mississippi State had three shots, but all three were kept out of the net.
Graduate student Kory Dixon made an appearance in a game for the first time since 2017 after missing the past three seasons due to injury. The senior forward registered 16 minutes of action on the pitch.
“I feel great,” Dixon said. “It was amazing coming back and getting a feel for the game. Coming in, I was nervous, but then I gained confidence as time went on.”
“The team was clapping and cheering, we were delighted when she took the field,” said head coach Richard Moodie. “She’s invested in this program and we think she’ll be on the score sheet this season without a doubt.”
Sophomore Allison Luckhardt faced the most shots of her career at The Cage during the match, carding 10 saves. One 10-minute overtime period was played in the match.
“It was a good match, lots of good time on the legs,” Moodie said. “It was a great test and I think we can learn from this one going into the regular season.”
The Jaguars will travel to Troy, Ala., to participate in the Troy Tournament on Friday, Aug. 20 when they will face Alabama A&M at 4 p.m.