|Graceland (6-2-1 / 2-2-0 HEART)||0||1||1|
|Culver-Stockton (5-4-0 / 2-2-0 HEART)||0||0||0|
|#7 Figueroa,Soleya - 1||Goals||None|
|#35 Hiner,Hannah - 1||Assists||None|
|#16 Koutsouridis,Bethany - 2||Shots||#17 Miller,Leah - 3|
|#1 Siania Unutoa,Manaia - 4||Saves||#0 Bitzas,Kehley - 4|
|7 (5)||Shots (on goal)||9 (4)|
CANTON, MO – Soleya Figueroa scored her fifth goal of the season, as Graceland University women's soccer defeated Culver-Stockton College 1-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference contest.
"We had good energy tonight and showed a lot of passion," said Ozzie White, head women's soccer coach. "We needed a positive result and played like we can play tonight. I am very pleased with the whole squad."
Graceland came out strong in the opening minutes of the game, moving the ball around the field. The Jackets worked hard to earn corner kicks and create shots. Neither team counted a goal, as the score was tied at 0-0 at the break.
The Yellowjackets hunger and energy continued in the second half from the start. GU battled to earn a corner kick less than a minute into the second half. Minutes later, Hannah Hiner sent a ball over Culver-Stockton's backline. Soleya Figureroa ran onto the ball as the keeper came out. Figueroa volleyed the ball over the keeper's head and into the goal in the 54th minute of the game.
Culver-Stockton turned up the pressure, earning multiple corner kicks and taking a couple shots over the next 20 minutes. Graceland settled into the latter half of the period, as GU took the game 1-0.
In the game, Culver-Stockton outshot Graceland 9-7, while GU placed five shots on frame to CSC's four.
Six different players tallied shots in the contest for Graceland, as Soleya Figueroa, Aubrey Sesker, Kali Carson, Bethany Koutsouridis and Kimberly Louiza Ramirez tabbed shots on goal. Figueroa scored GU's lone goal in the game. Ddefensively, Manaia Siania Unutoa recorded four saves in the game.
The victory improves Graceland to 6-2-1 on the season, including 2-2 in the Heart. The Wildcats have fallen to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
The women's soccer team will next play on the road at Evangel University on Saturday, September 30 at 1 p.m. in Springfield, MO.
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