Owens Hat Trick Not Enough For A GSW Win

Owens Hat Trick Not Enough For A GSW Win

AMERICUS, Ga. - Georgia Southwestern sophomore Khayla Owens scored all three of the Lady Hurricanes goals in their 4-3 loss to Middle Georgia State on Wednesday evening at Hurricane Field.

Owens is just the third Lady 'Cane to score a hat trick in a game. She joins Elizabeth Keller (2008) and Stephanie Patrylo (2010) as the only other GSW women soccer players to do so. With her three goals in this game Owens is now ranked fifth in the GSW history books for most goals scored in a season with five so far, the record is eight.

GSW is now 2-2 overall while MGS moved to 3-4.

The Knights scored the first goal of the game in the 27th minute when Aspasia Karfakis got a breakaway and the ball went in off the post.

Owens tied it up four minutes later when she headed the ball into the net off a cross from Emily Blecha and scored again to take the lead in the 40th minute from inside the box with the assist from Miranda Taylor.

The Knights tied it up in the last minute of the half when Hannah Gullickson scored unassisted to make the score 2-2 at halftime.

Owens got the hat trick in the 50th minute when she put the ball top shelf with the assist from Ella Hawkins.

The Knights scored their last two goals off corner kicks, they tied it back up in the 62nd minute and took the lead two minutes later to win 4-3.

Elyse Gowen (2-2) played the first half and allowed two goals. Chelsee Wright played the second and recorded five saves and allowed two goals.

GSW recorded 16 shots while MGS had 18, both teams had nine shots on goal.

The Lady 'Canes are home on Saturday to host Armstrong in their first Peach Belt Conference game at 3:30 p.m.