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Hawks give Clugston first win

Jodi Clugston’s tenure as the Women’s Soccer Coach at Chowan University got off to a good start.

Ashley Bradford scored twice in her return after nearly a year off due to an injury and Chowan rolled to a 3-0 win over Warren Wilson College Saturday afternoon in Swannanoa.

“We came out slow, but settled into our game and pulled out a win,” Clugston said. “That was nice.”

Bradford beat the Warren Wilson defense for an unassisted goal six minutes into the contest and then scored on a cross from Katie Perkins in the 51st minute.

Freshman Katie Duncan scored midway through the second half on an assist from Erin Jackson to account for the Hawks’ final goal.

Kristy Brown came through with the shutout, netting three saves on a perfect afternoon in goal.

The victory was Clugston’s first at Chowan and her first collegiate coaching victory.

“It felt really good, but it didn’t last too long,” Clugston said.

The day after beating Warren Wilson, Chowan travelled to Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and suffered a 3-1 loss.

Carson-Newman led 3-0 at halftime and tallied the victory.

Chowan junior Clara Danzeisen scored an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute to account for Chowan’s only offense.

“They were the better team yesterday,” Clugston said by telephone Monday morning. “We weren’t ready.

“We didn’t play our game,” she added. “We allowed them to dictate how they wanted to play. It could have been a lot worse, but Kristy Brown kept us in it.”

Brown had 17 saves for Chowan, but the Hawks were outshot in the match 34-2.

The Hawks return home tomorrow (Wednesday) for their home opener of the 2008 season in which they will host Mt. Olive College.

“We’re coming out to practice today and tomorrow,” Clugston said. “We’re going to work on possessing that ball and try to improve in the areas in which we did not play well this weekend.

“We’ll come out Wednesday and compete and see if we can possess the ball a little better,” she added.

The Hawks (1-1) will meet Mt. Olive at 2 p.m.