Soccer Recaps: September 24
Grambling State 2, Howard 1
GRAMBLING, La. - Brittany Terry’s goal with 20 seconds remaining lifted the Grambling State University women’s soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Howard on Sunday to open Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The Lady Tigers (3-5 overall, 1-0 SWAC) wasted little time in netting the game’s first goal.
It took just 22 seconds as the Lady Bison failed to clear the ball out of the back and Kaylee Holt pounced on the loose ball and fired a shot into an open net to give Grambling State a 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Tigers maintained the 1-0 lead until the 80th minute when Kela Gray battled down the left sideline and beat two Grambling State defenders before slotting the ball past GSU goalkeeper Jordan Woodward to the tie game at 1.
With time winding down, the Lady Tigers had a throw in from the left side. Terry, known for her flip throw-ins, launched the ball high into the penalty area, where Howard goalkeeper Gabrielle Emilien could not grab the loose ball as it found its way into the net to give Grambling State the 2-1 victory.
The remarkable start to the match gave Grambling State the energy it needed to battle Howard for a full 90 minutes.
Holt’s goal 22 seconds into the game sparks the momentum of play for the Lady Tigers in the opening half. In the second half, the Lady Bison (2-7, 1-1) didn’t make things easy with Gray’s goal tying the game, but in the end, Grambling State picked up its first victory since Sept. 8.
Inside the Numbers
- Grambling State goalkeeper Jordan Woodward finished with one save in 90 minutes.
- Gabrielle Emilien registered four saves for the Lady Bison.
- Grambling State out-shot Howard, 12-4, including a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Lady Tigers held the edge in corner kicks, 4-2.
- It was a sloppy game where the two teams combined for 25 fouls and two yellow cards.
News & Notes
- All but one of Grambling State’s games this season has been determined by one goal.
- Grambling State has started SWAC play 1-0 for the first time since 2009.
- The victory on Sunday was the Lady Tigers’ third of the season and has already surpassed the win total from the past six seasons. In fact, the last time the Lady Tigers had won three or more matches was in 2009 (10-7-1).
Courtesy of Grambling State Sports Information
Alabama State 1, Mississippi Valley State 0
ITTA BENA, Miss. - The Alabama State University women’s soccer team used a first half goal and a strong defensive effort to stay undefeated in conference play with a 1-0 road victory over Mississippi Valley State Sunday afternoon.
The two teams battled for the first 28 minutes of the match before Alabama State (4-5, 2-0 SWAC) was able to get on the board following a mishandled possession from Mississippi Valley State. A bad pass on the right side of the pitch allowed Ariela Lewis to take the ball and push past the goalkeeper, before she was able to slide home the game winner in the 29th minute into an empty net.
Alabama State was able to get off 17 shots, including 10 on goal; while holding Mississippi Valley State to just six shots and three on goal. Gianna Guyot recorded her first shutout of the season while recording three saves for the Lady Hornets.
Courtesy of Alabama State Sports Information
Alcorn State 3, Alabama A&M 1
LORMAN, Miss. - Three different Lady Braves found the back of the net as the Alcorn State University women's soccer program secured its first SWAC win of the season with a 3-1 final against Alabama A&M (0-9, 0-2) Sunday afternoon at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.
Courtesy of Alcorn State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 5, Southern 0
BATON ROUGE, La. – Prairie View A&M shutout Southern 5-0 on Sunday in Baton Rouge, La
The Lady Panthers (1-6-0, 1-1-0 SWAC) got on the board in the 12th minute, when Alexis Mack scored to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
PVAM extended its lead just two minutes later when Danielle Vargas scored to give Praire View a two-goal advantage. The 2-0 score was the score at the break.
The Lady Panthers scores three additional goals in the second half, to take the 5-1 win over the Jaguars (0-7-0, 0-2-0).
Mila Bustos paced the Lady Panthers with two goals in the win.
Goalkeeper Kendra Lewis made eight saves for Southern in the loss.
Jackson State 1, Texas Southern 1
JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State and Texas Southern played to a 1-1 tie on Sunday, with both goals coming in the first half.
Nether team got on the board until late in the first half. Ariel Vinson scored to give Jackson State the 1-0 lead in the 41st minute of play.
Just one minute later, Texas Southern tied the game when Janelle Gore scored to tie the game at 1-1. The contest would go to overtime, with nether side able to net a winner, resulting in the tie.
Gore led TXSO with three shots along with her goal.
Goalkeeper Faith Toennies made 13 saves for Jackson State.