WSOC Tourney: Prairie View def. Alabama State, 2-0
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Number 2 seed, Prairie View A&M concluded the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Alabama State Friday night at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.
All-SWAC second teamer, Shelbi-Vienna Hallam started the match off with a cross-bar kick. The Lady Hornets took three corner kicks in a three minute span. Offensive Player of the year, Aaliyah Lewis took all three shots but couldn't connect on any.
There was back and forth ball movement between the two teams for a while. Finally, Lewis took a left side shot in the 27th minute that was blocked by one of Prairie View's defenders. #24 Kara Ballard came right bak on the other end of the field and aimed a shot right in the net but was successfully saved by Kylee Hathaway. The Lady Panthers saw another opportunity to score, #11 Clarisa Maldonaldo launched the ball straight in but was once again recovered by Hathaway.
It wasn't until later on in the match that another shot was attempted, Alabama State's Kayla Edwards took a wide open shot but it soared too high and landed on top of the goal post. Khalisha Bond received the ball on the other end and attempted a shot for PVAMU, but went too far left. Melissa Kalbfleisch took a corner kick that went to #23 Debbie Arguelles who hit a header straight on but was saved by Hathaway. Edwards took the ball down the field and caught Garza outside the net but was unable to capitalize on the play due to a wide shot left.
At the 47:49 minute mark, the Lady Panthers got things fired up. Prairie View's Kalbfleisch received the ball and blasted it in the net, past Hathway, giving the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead going into the second half.
Starting the second half off, All-SWAC first teamer from Prairie View, Alicia Cooper, took the first shot but it soared above the net. Shortly afterwards,Hathaway got caught out of the box after attempting to block a shot. Prairie took advantage and fired another shot in but ASU's #5, Alena Salsberg came out of nowhere with a massive save.
Towards the end of the second half Prairie View's Dominique Paige stepped up and made a huge goal at the 85:40 minute mark, recording her second goal of the season and securing the Lady Panthers 2-0 lead.
Prairie View outshot Alabama State 21-15 with a 10-3 shots on goal advantage. Kylee Hathaway finished the night with eight saves for the Lady Hornets, while Prairie View's Bianca Garza finished with a total of three.
The Lady Panthers advance to the final match on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 12:00 p.m. They will go head and head with the Lady Bison of Howard University for the SWAC Championship title.
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