WSOC Tourney: Howard Heads to Final With 3-0 Win
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Lady Bison of Howard University continues to make strides in their inaugural year with the Southwestern Athletic Conference as they started the semifinals off at the 2014 Women's Soccer Tournament with a 3-0 triumph over Jackson State University at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.
All SWAC-first teamer, Nikanya Clark started things off when she took a long shot from the far right corner at the 27:41 minute mark and blasted the ball right through goalkeeper Kylie Christian, giving Howard the first 1-0 lead for the match. That goal marked Clark's 9th for the season.
Jalana Ellis, All-SWAC first teamer, looked to tie the match when she took the first corner kick for JSU but wasn't able to get anything going. Haley Rodriguez made a substitution and took the last three corner kicks in the first half but wasn't able to score off any. The Lady Bison outshot the Lady Tigers 9-5 in the first half. Rayana Speight had 2 of those shots for Jackson State.
Going into the second half, Ellis took the first shot for Jackson State in the 40th minute but was saved by Goalkeeper of the Year, Kyra Dickinson. The game became intense as the girls showed a lot more aggression. Both teams fought back and forth with the ball. Howard soon got control and took advantage at the 55:42 minute mark when Clark caught goalie, Kylie Christian out of her box and launched the ball right in the net. Freshman forward, Rasheeda Ansari assisted her. Clark now has 10 goals on the year.
The Lady Bison now leads the match by two. In the 65th minute, two yellow cards were given to each team for physical play. One minute later, Howard received another yellow card for a player purposely kicking the ball away. Howard was awarded a free kick in the 69th minute. Sara Vaughn scored, with a header in the box, with an assist from Carmen Suarez, giving the Lady Bison a 3-0 lead. Vaughn recorded her third goal of the year.
Jackson State's Eroncia Berry and Araina Gardner made back to back shots but both were successfully blocked by Dickinson. After the block was made, Berry caught Howard's goalie out of the box and what looked to be the Lady Tigers first goal of the afternoon but was unable to make the play.
Jackson State outshot Howard 17-13 with a 10-6 shots on goal advantage. Kyra Dickinson finished the afternoon with a total of ten saves for the Lady Bison. Goalkeeper Kylie Christian recorded three for the Lady Tigers
Howard improves to 12-9-1 overall and records their second shutout of the tournament. They advance to the championship match and will face Prairie View A&M on Sunday, November 9 at 12:00 p.m.
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