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Richards Shines in Shutout Win Over Kennesaw

Women’s soccer defeated Kennesaw State 4-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs Sunday afternoon in Georgia. Wiebke Willebrandt recorded her second shutout of the season, and Ella Richards notched her second brace.

Sam Smith scored the game-winning goal off an assist by Linda Boama in the 8th minute. Boama beat her defender to slip a pass through to the charging Smith who tucked the ball into the far post netting.

Jena Bike set the tone early with a shot from distance that forced an early save in the 4th minute. The Eagles would not take their foot off the gas for the rest of the game. 

Richards scored twice in the first half. Her first goal of the game came off an assist from Bike. Richards received the pass, turned, and netted her fifth goal of the season.

Eleven minutes later, Richards scored again to become the team’s leading goal-scorer on the season. Michela Agresti collected the free-kick, beat her defender, and sent the ball on to the rushing Richards who slotted the ball inside the left post.

The second half continued the Eagles’ domination, and the Owls started the half with a new goalie, replacing Dylan Pixton with AJ Needham.

Eight minutes later, Abby McNamara scored her first goal as an Eagle to close out the scoring. She managed to beat her defender to a loose ball and create enough space to fire a shot that beat the keeper near post.

Kennesaw State failed to register significant high-danger chances. They were forced to rely on perimeter shots and attempted long balls lofted over the top. Willebrandt made six saves on the night, only being tested on a last-minute free-kick that the Owls put on goal as the clock expired.

The Eagles had several opportunities to add to the score. Sam Agresti had a shot cleared off the goal line by a Kennesaw State defender in the 19th minute. Boama had Pixton one-on-one but was betrayed by her first touch, leading to an easy save.

The win served as a response to the Eagles’ 1-0 shutout loss to No.12 South Carolina on Thursday. The Eagles registered 25 shots to Kennesaw State’s 12 and dominated possession, while the defense prevented Kennesaw State from entering the box.

The Eagles (5-1-0) play Harvard on the road Thursday to close out a three-game road stretch.

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