2017 Women's Soccer
Record: 7-9 Home: 5-4 Away: 2-5 AAC: 5-4
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Women's Soccer - Sat, Sep. 16, 2017

WEST POINT, GA   Point University midfielders Jasmine Marquez and Sabria Marquez, sisters from Savannah, Ga., each scored two goals as the Skyhawks (3-3-0; 1-0-0 AAC) began the 2017 Appalachian Athletics Conference season with a 4-3 victory over Union College (0-6-1; 0-1-0 AAC) in River Bowl Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 16.


Sabria Marquez opened the scoring at 13:16 of the first half with her sixth goal of the season, gathering a rebound of a shot off the crossbar by senior midfielder Madison Plemons (Columbus, GA) and Jasmine Marquez notched her first goal of the season at 15:30 with a low line-drive direct kick from 25 yards away from the goal, and then earned her second assist of the season on Sabria Marquez' second goal of the match at 47:10 of the second half to make the score 3-0.  Sabria Marquez leads Point with seven goals in six matches this season.


However, Union scored the next three goals in a span of 22 minutes and tied the match at 3-3.  Defender Aubree Hayes hit a hard corner kick toward the near post where the ball was mishandled by Point goalkeeper Rachel Ash (Douglasville, GA), who dropped the ball over the goal line.  The Bulldogs cut the lead to 3-2 at 74:38 with reserve forward Kristin Meece scoring off an assist from forward Carla Delgado, and Meece then assisted on the tying goal by forward Teresa Brown at 78:32.


Four minutes later, Jasmine Marquez drilled another direct kick into the upper right corner of the net at 82:21, giving Point a 4-3 lead with her second goal of the season.  Ash saved two Union shots on goal in the final six minutes and preserved the conference victory.


Ash totaled four saves in seven shots on goal, and two opponent goalkeepers combined for five saves.  Starter Juliana Schardong saved two and allowed two goals in the first 35:35 of the match, but was injured and forced to leave the match.  Reserve goalkeeper Courtney Ford, in her first action in the Union net this season, played the final 54:25 of the match in goal and made three saves and allowed the last two goals, including Marquez' match-winner.


Point outshot Union overall, 18-10, and 9-7 in shots on goal and also led in corner kicks, 7-5.  However, Union outshot Point, 10-7, in the second half, after Point led 11-0 in first-half shots.  Brown led Union with three shots, two on goal, and the Marquez sisters each attempted four shots and combined for five shots on goal.


NEXT MATCH:  Coached by Randy Douglas, the Skyhawks play a non-conference home match against Middle Georgia State University, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7:00 p.m., and host an AAC match against Montreat College, Friday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m., in River Bowl Stadium.