Soccer Recaps: October 13
Grambling State 2, Alabama State 0
GRAMBLING, La. - The Grambling State University women’s soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to six games on Friday afternoon as the Lady Tigers sit atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) standings alone after a 2-0 victory over Alabama State at the GSU Soccer Complex.
Alabama State (6-7-0 overall, 4-2-0 SWAC), the defending SWAC Tournament champions, came into Friday’s game having won two out of its last three games and had moved within a half-game of first place in the SWAC standings.
Grambling State (7-5-1, 5-0-1), coming off a 3-3 draw on Sunday to Prairie View A&M, came out with energy and the hard work was rewarded in the 17th minute.
The Lady Tigers earned their first corner kick of the game and Jasmine Smith served up the free kick. The ball was headed off the post by an Alabama State defender and rebounded to Jessica Miller-Ulmer. The Surrey, British Columbia native stroked the ball past Lady Hornets goalkeeper Gianna Guyot to give Grambling State a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Tigers held the 1-0 advantage until the 78th minute when Grambling State put the finally touches on a brilliant afternoon.
Brittany Terry was fouled on the right side of the penalty area to set up a free kick. Terry, who took the free kick, played a chip, with the outside of her foot, into the penalty area as Clarissa Rivas got a body on the ball as it trickled past Guyot for the goal.
With the two-goal lead, Grambling State close out the game and preserve the shutout victory for goalkeeper Jordan Woodward.
To borrow a phrase from the late Tom Petty, the Grambling State women’s soccer team didn’t back down.
The Lady Tigers stood toe-to-toe with Alabama State for 90 minutes and walked away victorious.
The turning point was in the 17th minute when Jessica Miller-Ulmer collected the loose ball off the post and knocked it into the back of the net.
Not only did that give Grambling State the momentum, but it forced Alabama State to play from behind. The Lady Tigers eventually got an insurance goal in the second half for the 2-0 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Jordan Woodward played all 90 minutes in goal for the Lady Tigers and registered two saves, both coming in the first half.
- Gianna Guyot finished with one save for the Lady Tigers.
- Grambling State held a 7-6 edge in shots and a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Lady Tigers had a pair of corner kicks in the first half, while Alabama State picked up its lone corner kick late in the second half.
- There were 23 total fouls and three yellow cards.
News and Notes
- With the victory, Grambling State is just three victories shy of matching the 2009 team (10-7-1).
- During the Lady Tigers’ unbeaten streak, GSU has won three one-goal games.
- Grambling State has four games remaining – two home and two away.
- The Lady Tigers now hold the tiebreaker of Alabama State, Texas Southern and Howard in the SWAC standings.
- A win on Sunday afternoon against Alabama A&M would cement Grambling State a spot into the SWAC Women’s Soccer Tournament (Nov. 2-5).
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Texas Southern 3, Alcorn State 1
HOUSTON, Texas – Texas Southern University’s Lady Tigers maintained a firm hold of second place on the Southwestern Athletic Conference table with Friday’s 3-1 win at home over Alcorn State.
Alexia Ladipo’s strike from seven yards at a narrow angle after beating Alcorn goalkeeper Kameran Proby in the 19th minute proved to be the match-winning goal after the visiting Lady Braves had leveled the score just two minutes prior.
The Lady Tigers (6-5-2) improved to their record in SWAC play to 5-1-1 with the victory; Alcorn State (2-6) fell to 1-4 in conference play with the loss.
Ladipo’s goal – her first of the season – came after teammate Kayla Smith sent her a brilliant cross-field pass as Ladipo was sprinting along the right touchline. Ladipo then beat a challenging Proby by dribbling to her right side, and then scored from the narrowest of angles.
TSU opened the scoring at the quarter-hour when Ladipo sent a high-arcing pass to Kelly Sanders in the goal box, where she was able to complete the strike from short-range after Proby couldn’t secure the lob.
With her parents in attendance from Australia, senior striker Paige Hayward ended her scoring drought shortly after the half-hour with a seven-yard strike after receiving a pass from Alisa Holloway. Hayward’s goal was the fifth of the season and the 21st of her TSU career, three off the school’s all-time mark.
Rita Okoro leveled the score for Alcorn in the 17th minute for the Lady Braves’ lone score of the match.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 3, Mississippi Valley State 0
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Three different players scored, coupled with a stellar defensive effort by the Prairie View A&M University soccer team, propelled the Lady Panthers to a 3-0 win over Mississippi Valley for the teams' third shutout of the season.
Sophomore Blair Lane opened the game up for the Lady Panthers with a goal, scoring just a little under three minutes after the start of the game (2:39). This made her fourth goal of the season.
Leading 1-0 late in the first stanza, a solidly placed kick in the top of the net thanks on the first career goal of freshman Kendall Jackson-Striggers off the assist from Alex Fields in the 38th minute extended the PVAMU margin to 2-0 heading into the halftime break.
The Lady Panthers came out scorching in the early stages of the second half and extended the lead. Midway through the second period, Alexis Mack found the top of the left net to widen the Lady Panther gap to 3-0. The goal brings her total to three this season.
Defensively, the Lady Panthers limited the Devilettes to just six shots, and only two on goal. Freshman Alexis Espino tabbed her first shutout of the year, making two saves in her 90 minutes of action.
Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Alabama A&M 2, Arkansas Pine Bluff 1
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Ayanna Gooden scored midway through the second half to lift Alabama A&M to a 2-1 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The win was the Lady Bulldogs' first conference victory as they improve to 1-5. UAPB falls to 1-4-1 in the SWAC.
Gooden's goal, her fourth this season, came at the 66:42 mark of the game and broke a 1-1 tie. A&M jumped out early when Daijah DeRamus scored her fifth goal in as many games with the Lady Bulldogs. Her score came just 42 seconds into the match.
The Golden Lions tied the score 33 minutes later, when Allison Herrin scored for the Lady Lions.
Goalkeeper Jodi Medina, who came into the game with a .790 save percentage - good for second in the SWAC, had five saves.
Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information