Kennesaw State suffered their first defeat of the year on Thursday night, proving unable to recover from a nightmare start against Alabama.
Abbie Boswell scored Alabama’s first goal before fans could properly settle into their seats just 1:46 into the match.
Less than fifteen minutes later, the Lady Owls were down 2-0 thanks to a sequence of play that saw Alabama junior (and Concorde Fire alum) Emma Welch knock down a cross for her teammate Taylor Morgan to finish.
Alabama continued to press their advantage, dominating the first half of play to such an extent that KSU head coach Benji Walton might have counted himself lucky to get to the break down only two.
But Alabama’s Welch turned provider again (this time for a Chloe Maize finish) as soon as the referee blew the whistle in the second half, letting the air out of any thought of a Kennesaw rally.
Maize’s goal was the first of her collegiate career. She redshirted in 2016 after an accomplished club career spent playing at Tophat Soccer Club.
Down 3-0, KSU picked up the pace to hold the score line but never threatened a sustained comeback.
They managed some consolation in the 85th minute. Kennesaw senior Abby Roth headed home a corner kick to provide the goal that looked unlikely in open play and the final margin of 3-1.
Kennesaw State falls to 4-1-2 with the loss. Alabama is now 6-1.
Both teams are next in action on Sunday.
Kennesaw State welcomes UNC-Asheville to Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Alabama hosts Tennessee Tech in Tuscaloosa.