WSOC Tourney: ASU Claims 2-0 Victory Over Valley
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Lady Hornets claimed a thrilling 2-0 triumph over Mississippi Valley Thursday night during the quarterfinals of the 2014 Women's Soccer Tournament at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.
There was solid defense displayed by both teams in the first half, resulting in a 0-0 tie going into the second half of the match. Offensive Player of the Year, Aaliyah Lewis took the first shot of the game in the first four minutes. Kayla Edwards fired a shot less than a minute later but it was saved by Valley's goalie Rita Gyasi. All-SWAC second teamer, Nykosi Simmons blasted the first shot for Mississippi Valley. Nationally ranked, Kylee Hathaway stepped up and made a huge save.
Mississippi Valley's Mariana Balboa opened the second half with the first shot in the 46th minute. Shortly afterwards, on the other end of the field, Shelbi-Vienna Hallam shot the ball straight on but Gyasi came up with another major save.
At the 53:00 minute mark, #7 Ernestina Abambila attempted to give Valley's their first point of the evening when she launched a long shot that wassuccessfully blocked by Hathaway.
Alabama State's Kaedi Walther made a substitution in the 58th minute. Ten minutes later, she found the back of the net, blasting the ball past Gyasi, giving the Lady Hornets a 1-0 lead. This marks Walther second goal of the season.
Lewis made her appearance at the 81:37 minute mark when she successfully found the back of the net, recording her 17th goal of the season. She was assisted by All-SWAC second teamer Shelbi-Vienna Hallam. The dynamic duo answered for the Lady Hornets, securing a 2-0 lead.
ASU outshot MVSU 18-9 with a 11-3 shots on goal advantage. Rita Gyasi finished the night with a total of nine saves for Valley. ASU's goalie, Kylee Hathaway tallied three and finished the night with a record of 10-9 on the year.
Alabama State University will face Prairie View A&M Friday, Nov. 7 during the semifinals at 6:00 p.m
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