TOWSON, Md. — Six different players accounted for the seven goals Goucher put up on the scoreboard in the first half of this afternoon's game against Ferrum. A seventh player got into the scoring act in the opening minute of the second half as the Gophers bowled over the Panthers, 8-1.
The game was less than seven minutes old when Jackie Juarez (Glendora, Calif./Glendora) provided Goucher with a 1-0 advantage by scoring from close range. The freshman forward/midfielder struck again approximately 13 minutes later, but not until after teammates Kristen Shklanko (Huntingdon Beach, Calif./Edison) and Melissa Joseph (Laurel, Del./Sussex Technical) both notched their first goals of the season.
The Gophers (3-1) were able to tack on goals by Sam Klock (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run), Danielle Nixon (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) and Lizzie Barminski (Ventura, Calif./Buena) before time expired in the first half. They outshot the Panthers (0-3), 21-0, on the way to the 7-0 cushion they enjoyed after 35 minutes.
Caroline Less (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) closed out the scoring for Goucher with an unassisted goal just 40 seconds into the second half.
Ferrum, which was outscored, 16-0, in its first two games this season, avoided the shutout thanks to an unassisted goal by Lexi Rivers with 11:36 left to play.
With today's victory, Goucher wrapped up a three-game home stand with a 3-0 record, making it the first unbeaten home stand of at least three games since the Gophers went 4-0-1 while playing five consecutive games at home back in 1995.
The Gophers will be back on Beldon Field one week from today to take on Bethany (W.Va.) at 5 p.m. Before that, however, they travel to face Immaculata on Thursday at 6 p.m.