CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A record-setting performance from Northwestern State soccer veterans on Sunday ended in a statement 4-0 win for the Lady Demons, who remain perfect in Southland Conference play.
Junior forward Olivia Draguicevich scored all four of NSU’s (4-3-2) goals against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-5-1), setting a new all-time record for goals by a single player against a conference opponent (Britiany Cargill versus Nichols, 1998), while tying the program record for goals in a match.
Not to be outdone, a six-save day for senior goalkeeper Acelya Aydogmus secured her fifth consecutive shutout on the season and 20th of her career, earning her the most career shutouts in program history – A record which has held since 2002.
Draguicevich opened up the match with goals in the seventh and tenth minutes, both off of assists inside the box by senior midfielder Kalee Williams. Draguicevich scored her third in the 27th minute, securing the first hat trick of her NSU career.
Draguicevich proved to not be finished, scoring on a fourth attempt at the net in the 59th minute, making good on an assist from freshman defender Caroline Hilliard and scoring her final goal of the day.
“Like I said days earlier, Olivia just has a scorer’s instinct that is truly tough to teach,” head coach Stuart Gore said. “She just knows how to find the ball when it enters the box, and we saw that over and over again today.”
Draguicevich has once again stepped up as NSU’s breakaway leader on offense, having scored at least one goal in four consecutive Southland Conference matches. Following her Sunday performance against the Islanders, Draguicevich now has seven goals scored through four matches.
An unblemished 4-0 start to open conference play for NSU ties the best start to conference play in program history, a mark set just one season previously in the final year of the Jobe era.
“Very proud of our team and how they’ve conducted themselves this past weekend, especially with it being as hot as it has been,” Gore said. “(We have put up a) great squad performance, which has more than likely put the rest of our conference on notice.”
The Lady Demons continue conference play Sept. 26 as they travel to McNeese to take on the first place Cowgirls.