By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
Senior captain Kenzie Andrade had a goal and an assist to lead the Stephens College soccer team to a season-opening 2-1 win over Faith Baptist Bible College at Cosmo Park on Friday afternoon.
It marks the first time in program history that the Stars have opened the season with a victory.
Not long after Friday’s 30-minute lightning delay, freshman Rachael Vilord broke open the scoreless tie in the 17th minute. On the receiving end of an Andrade pass, Vilord delivered a strong shot to the hands of FBBC keeper Laura Sturgis. What appeared to be a save, turned into the first goal of the 2014 season as Sturgis lost grip of the ball and watched it trickle in.
Vilord, who played defense in high school, made a statement at midfield as she registered three more shots on goal following her goal. Controlling much of the possession in the first half, the Stars had several opportunities to build a cushion.
After missing high on a few and hitting the crossbar on one, midfielder Kenzie Andrade finally found her shot in the 40th minute. From 30 yards out, the Columbia native locked in on the top left corner and put it in the back of the net. Freshman Morgan Daniels was credited with the assist.
Stephens took a 2-0 advantage into halftime and led the way in both shots (15 to 4) and shots on goal (6 to 3).
The Star defense continued to limit the Eagles offensive production; however, in the 57th minute, FBBC Kristen Passwaters got behind Stephens’ back line of defense. Drawing a foul in the box, Passwaters also took the penalty kick and snuck one past Stephens goalie Amanda Chapman to narrow the margin.
Following the PK goal, Stephens tightened up its defense and allowed just one shot during the remainder of the contest.
Chapman logged all 90 minutes at keeper and registered four saves along the way. On the offensive end, Rachael Vilord paced the Stars with eight shots and four on goal. Also recording multiple shots on the day were Andrade (5), Daniels (4) and freshman Gerica Curry (3).
Next up for Stephens is an away match at NCAA Division III MacMurray College on Wednesday (Sept. 3).
Paired with the soccer victory, the Stephens volleyball squad made it 3-for-3 for Stars' wins.
In exhibition match #1, Stephens defeated NJCAA Cottey College, 3-1 [25-9, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17]. In match #2, the Stars swept Wentworth Military Academy in the nightcap [25-12, 25-21, 25-15].
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