Kennesaw State (0-2-0), (0-0-0) at UAB (1-0-1), (0-0-0)
Locations: Birmingham, Ala. | PNC Field
Dates: Thursday, Aug. 25
Time: 8:00 pm EST
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KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State women’s soccer team travels to Birmingham, Ala. to take on the UAB Blazers on Thursday at 8 pm
Both squads were picked to finish in the top half of their respective conferences. KSU was predicted to finish fourth in the ASUN preseason poll, while UAB was picked to finish fifth in the C-USA.
Kennesaw State has a 3-4 record against current C-USA teams, with all three victories coming against the Blazers.
The Owls hold a 3-1 lead in the all-time series against UAB. Erin Miller notched her first career goal in the 2-1 loss to the Blazers last season.
Through two games, 10 different players have attempted a shot for KSU. Kendall Higgs and Chiara Singarella lead the team in shots with four each. Singarella also leads the Owls with three shots on goal.
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 last Thursday. Jensen was one of six true freshmen to earn playing time in the season opener. The Florida native currently sites third in the ASUN in total goals.
Kaylee Hammer earned the start at goalkeeper in the season opener. 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. The Memphis, Tenn. native followed up with four saves in a 1-0 loss at Wofford on Sunday. Hammer ranks third in the ASUN, averaging 4.5 saves per game.
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.
KSU features 14 newcomers, 11 of which are freshman. 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. The 11 freshmen on the squad rank as the 11th most in the NCAA this season.
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 Wow 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.
Hayley Dekker (1.802) and Erin Miller (1,724) led the team in minutes played. Dekker’s 1,802 minutes were the 10th highest in KSU history. Both started and appeared in all 19 games last season. Miller has played in all 180 minutes this season.
The Highs Experience
senior red shirt 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.
The Owls return to Fifth Third Bank on Sunday with a matchup against Georgia State at 6 pm