First Road Test Ahead for KSU

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Kennesaw State (0-0-1), (0-0-0) at Wofford (0-0-1), (0-0-0)
Location: Spartanburg, S.C. | Snyder Field
Date: Sunday, Aug. 21
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Live Stats | Video

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State women’s soccer team looks to rebound on the road against the Wofford Terriers at Snyder Field on Sunday.

The two programs squared off last season, with the Owls earning a 3-1 victory on Sept. 19, 2021, at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. KSU leads the all-time series 2-0-2.

In the season opener, Wofford played to a 2-2 draw against UNC Asheville on Thursday.

Mai Jensen Scores in Debut

True freshman Mai Jensen scored in the 41st minute in her college debut to put the Owls up 1-0 early on South Alabama on Thursday. Jensen was one of six true freshmen to earn playing time on Thursday.

Hammer Time

Kaylee Hammer earned the start at goalkeeper on Thursday. The graduate transfer made the second start of her career and the first as an Owl. Hammer finished with five saves against the Jags, one shy of her career high.

Two Land Preseason All-ASUN Honors

Becky Contreras and Ebony Clarke both earned preseason All-ASUN honors. Clarke capped off a strong season by finishing third in the ASUN with five goals, 11 points and three game-winning goals. Contreras, the 2019 ASUN Freshman of the Year, has been a three-time all-conference nominee.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain

Sophomore forward Macie Rainwater led the Owls in scoring as a freshman a season ago, netting seven goals and 14 points to earn a spot on the all-conference freshman team. The forward also scored the first KSU hat trick since Shannon Driscoll on Aug. 28, 2016, with three goals in the ASUN Tournament quarterfinal win against Central Arkansas.

Top Four Scorers Return

Kennesaw State brings back 85.7% of its scoring from a season ago. The top four scorers from 2021, Macie Rainwater, Ebony Clarke, Kendall Higgs and Tianna Rivera are back for another season on the pitch.

New Faces

KSU features 14 newcomers, 11 of which are freshmen. The Owls brought in a trio of transfers, Morgan Thomas (Kansas), Kaylee Hammer (Cincinnati) and Madelyn Baucom (Virginia Tech). The freshmen class features four players from Georgia, two from Florida, and one each from South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington and Argentina.

International Talent Show

The Owls have several players with international experience on the squad this season. Freshman Chiara Singarella plays for the Argentina National Team in both soccer and handball. Singarella also played for the Independiente Rivadavia team, winning three-straight championships in the Primera B Nacional league in Argentina. Sophomore Teresa Wowk played with the Peru National Team in the 2022 Copa America Femenina Tournament in July. Junior Agata Giani is from Milan, Italy and has experience playing for FC Internazionale U19, CFB Bocconi and Polisportiva Segrate. The midfielder appeared in 19 games last season, making 15 starts. 

Iron Women

Hayley Dekker (1,802) and Erin Miller (1,724) led the team in minutes played. Dekker’s 1,802 minutes was the 10th highest in KSU history. Miller and Dekker started all 19 games a season ago and the duo played all 90 minutes in Thursday’s game against South Alabama.

The Higgs Experience

Redshirt senior Kendall Higgs enters her fifth season playing for the Owls. The forward/midfielder has provided a stable presence since joining the program in 2018. The Loxahatchee, Fla. native has been named to the ASUN All-Conference Second Team three of the past four seasons.

Next Match

The Owls travel to Birmingham, Ala. for a matchup with the UAB Blazers on Thursday at 8 p.m.

To keep up with the latest on the Kennesaw State women’s soccer team, follow the team on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and @KSUOwlsSoccer or by liking Kennesaw State University on Facebook.


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