Kaitlynn Cortez scored one goal and tallied an assist to lead South Carolina State (1-1-1) to a 3-1 win over Alabama State University (0-4) in non-conference women's soccer action.
The game was back and forth until the 33rd minute when Cortez scored the first goal of the match on a header from Veronica Aguilar who had sent the ball in front of the net on a corner kick.
That is where the score remained until halftime as the two teams headed for the closest shade from the blistering hot sun.
It only took the Lady Bulldogs seven minutes to push in the second goal, again on another corner kick play. This time Darci Smith was able to head in the corner, which again was sent into the net area from Aguilar.
The two teams continued to battle but Olivia Moore pushed in SCSU's final goal on an assist from Cortez in the 64th minute.
The Lady Hornets refused to give in and were able to knock in a goal in the 89th minute as Lenna Lamas picked up a loose ball from in front of the net to complete the scoring.
SCSU kept the pressure on the Lady Hornets, out shooting them 14-10 and holding a big advantage on corner kicks 16-2.
"It seems like we don't like to play when it is hot," head coach Jodie Smith said. "The last two Sunday's it has been very hot and our girls don't seem to want to play when it is like that."
ASU's Kylee Hataway had eight saves in the match, while Danielle Murphy started in the goal for SCUS and played 55 minutes without allowing a goal.
"You have to give SCSU a lot of credit they played in the same weather we did," Smith said. "They had 11 players and were able to sub in for them and they did a good job with their organization on the field. They had an idea of what they wanted to do and were able to accomplish that."
The Lady Hornets will host neighborhood rival Huntingdon College, Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at Hornet Stadium.
South Florida 9, Alabama A&M 0
The USF women's soccer team cruised past Alabama A&M for a 9-0 victory Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla.
The Bulls had 39 shots (20 in the first half) and headed into halftime with a 5-0 lead while nine different players scored for USF.
Keeper Linda Aboagye stopped nine shots for the Bulldogs.
Ole Miss 8, Jackson State 0
The Jackson State women's soccer team fell 8-0 to the Ole Miss Rebels in the Lady Tigers season opener at the OM Soccer Stadium. With the loss JSU posts a 0-1 record and Ole Miss improves to 3-0.
The JSU Lady Tigers trailed 3-0 by intermission. Despite the early deficit JSU goal keeper Taylor Emerson recorded six save against 17 Ole Miss shot attempts. JSU attempted only three shots in the first half. The Rebels got off another eight shots in the second half and scored five more goals.
Liana Knight attempted two shots for JSU in 90 minutes of play. Emerson recorded seven saves for the game.
Jackson State returns to action Sept. 2 when the Lady Tigers face Mississippi State at 4:00 pm at the JSU Soccer Complex.
UTEP 4, Prairie View A&M 0
Powered by four first-half goals, UTEP rolled past Prairie View A&M, 4-0, at University Field Sunday afternoon in El Paso, Texas.
UTEP outshot the visiting Panthers 18-4, including 9-2 in shots on goal. Katie Dorman scored for the Miners in the 13th minute, giving UTEP an early 1-0 lead.
Late in the first half, The Miners scored three goals over the next four minutes, putting UTEP up 4-0 lead with 17 minutes to play in the period.