Stephens College soccer wins second straight game

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 9:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Stephens College soccer accomplished another first in the program's three-year history Wednesday — a winning streak.

The Stars beat MacMurray College 2-0 in Jacksonville, Ill., to start the season.

This is the first time Stephens has won more than one game in a season, something head coach Xander Kennedy said feels pretty good after having experienced the exact opposite in the past.

MacMurray College beat Stephens 9-1 in 2013 in one of the Stars' 17 losses last season.

"I told the team after Friday's win (against Faith Baptist Bible College), we haven't proven anything yet. We beat Faith by a goal, which was the same result as last year. MacMurray defeated us by eight goals last year. We proved ourselves today," Kennedy said.

Freshman defender Rachael Vilord scored both goals for the Stars in Wednesday's victory. She said playing well on both sides of the ball helped the team win.

"There were good connecting passes with my teammates," Vilord said. "My teammates were there for me. That's why I scored."

Kennedy said he knew Vilord had lots of soccer experience when he recruited her. He's not surprised she's successful, he said.

"She has a great skill set that others don't have," Kennedy said. "She always knows where to position herself, and she has the ability to launch a shot."

Kennedy also credited junior Amanda Chapman, who recorded the shutout, for Wednesday's win.

"If she got a hand on the ball, I knew it wasn't going to get to the back of the net. She never even gave up a rebound," Kennedy said.

The Stars look to remain undefeated when the team travels to Manhattan, Kan., to face Manhattan Christian College 4 p.m. Sept. 11.

Supervising editor is Raymond Howze.

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