Kennesaw State Falls on 1st-Half Surge by Campbell

KENNESAW, Ga. Kennesaw State hosted Campbell at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Saturday, March 1. Despite dropping the contest 15-8, the Owls beat the Camels in the second half by a margin of 7-5.

"We started out really slow in the first half, but we were able to grab some momentum coming out of the locker room in the second half," head coach Kristina Llanes said." We really talked about putting together a team effort and that's what we focused on."

Coming out after halftime, senior Emily Collins got the scoring going less than two minutes in. A little later in the half, freshmen Olivia Hokanson and Sydney Farwick combined to score five unanswered goals and six of the last seven goals scored in the game. For the game, Hokanson finished with four goals, one ground ball and two draw contols, and Farwick finished with three goals, five ground balls, and two draw controls.

"Olivia is an extremely mature freshman student-athlete," Llanes said. "We do lean on her a lot. We expect a lot of her and she rises to the challenge. Sydney is very animated and motivated, and she motivates her teammates as well. She was able to change momentum for us in the midfield transition and on the defensive end, and that transitioned into goals for us on the offensive end."

Collins also picked up five ground balls and one draw control. Captain Taylor McGhee did a great job in the midfield as she dished out one assist and picked up three ground balls.

"I think it's really important that the people who did contribute today gained confidence from the opportunities that they took advantage of," Llanes added. "They were confident going to the cage. In transition, they made much smarter decisions. Taylor McGhee and the midfield worked really hard to possess the ball."

Newcomer Erica Smith saw her first action of the year, and picked up one ground ball. Also on the defensive end, Jamie Miller caused two turnovers and won one draw control.

Peyton Murdock started in the goal, and came up with eight saves. Allison Senft also saw some action in the net and made three saves.

The next game for the Owls will be against Davidson on Saturday, March 8 at 1 P.M.

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KENNESAW, Ga. Campbell clinched its first victory of the season Saturday, defeating Kennesaw State 15-8 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Senior Taelar Errington led the Camels with four goals in her first action of the year.

For the second-straight year, the first win of the season for Campbell (1-2) has come over KSU (0-3).

The Camels struck first, as sophomore Erica Hitch netted her third goal of the season 94 seconds into play off a free position shot.

Sophomore Loren Day wasted no time notching her fifth goal of the season less than a minute after Hitch, giving CU the 2-0 lead in less than four minutes of action.

Campbell continued the trend, scoring eight more goals in a row in the following 15 minutes.

In the streak, Errington collected three goals, while sophomores Kaki Armiger,Rebecca Sheinfeld, Hitch and Day added one, along with freshman Jasey Sanders.

The Owls got on the board with 9:34 to go before the break, as Olivia Hokanson tallied her fifth season goal.

The Camels went into halftime with the 10-1 lead.

Hitch opened up the second half more quickly than the first, using a Grace Boycehelper to score just 38 seconds after the intermission.

Emily Collins grabbed KSU's second goal soon after, bringing the score to 11-2 in favor of CU.

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