Bagozzi's Hat Trick Leads Gamecocks Past Alabama State

Bagozzi's Hat Trick Leads Gamecocks Past Alabama State

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. ( – Senior Cynthia Bagozzi turned in the program's tenth hat trick as she led the Jacksonville State soccer team to a 4-1 win over in-state-rival Alabama State on a soggy Friday night at the JSU Soccer Field.

Bagozzi collected her three goals in the first 30 minutes of the opening 45 minutes, while junior Kylie Wells added the final goal of the opening half as the Gamecocks 4-1 lead held up the rest of the way. JSU notched its first win of the season and kept the Hornets out of the win column for the fifth time this season. Jax State will conclude the non-conference portion of the schedule on Sunday against Troy. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field. Admission is free and the contest will be streamed on ESPN+.

The combination of Wells and Bagozzi started their offensive night with the first goal near the 10-minute mark of the first half. After a Wells shot attempt, Bagozzi's shot found the back of the net. Bagozzi, from Orlando, Fla., posted the second goal in the 26th minute after a great feed from sophomore Laleh Lonteen. ASU sliced the deficit in half two minutes later with a goal by McKinley Hacker. Bagozzi claimed her hat trick with a shot into the left-hand corner of the net.

Bagozzi's hat trick is the first by a Gamecock since former JSU standout Jackie Rush had three goals in a contest with Eastern Illinois in October of 2014.

"Cynthia is a nine-out-of-10 every single day in practice and she is so intense all the time and we had a conversation this week about her relaxing and trusting herself. She is so good when she gets into those situations. I thought she had a great game and led the line for us," said head coach Neil Macdonald.

Wells added to her point total on the night with the final goal for the Gamecocks as she delivered a ball past the Hornet keeper in the bottom right of the goal. Wells, who leads JSU in total shots, posted a match-best six shots in the decision. Bagozzi added five shots on the night as the two combined for 11 of the JSU's 14 shots on the night. The Gamecock defense limited ASU to three shots, including a save by freshman Bailey Dean in the first half.

"It was good to see some smiles on the faces and a positive reaction from the girls tonight," added Macdonald. "Our energy right from the start of the warmup and all the wat through the 90 minutes was great. I thought we moved the ball well, particularly in the second half."

The Gamecocks will look to build off the win as the Trojans will have fresh legs after being idle since last Sunday.

"We need to build off of this and carry that into Sunday's game and look at all the positives from tonight," continued Macdonald.

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