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Courtesy: Southern University Sports Information

Soccer Recaps: October 15

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 10/15/2017
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Texas Southern 8, Mississippi Valley State 1

Box Score

HOUSTON – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University honored their senior players and their supporters in grand fashion Sunday as they defeated Mississippi Valley State 8-1 in the team’s 2017 home finale.

Paige Hayward’s hat trick in her final home match proved even more special as the Australian national tied school’s all-time record for goals with her third of the day and the 24th of her Lady Tigers career in the 58th minute. Her assist on Lamauriel Johnson’s goal in the 36th minute made Hayward the school’s career leader in points.

Texas Southern (7-5-2) maintained its second-place position on the Southwestern Athletic Conference table as the Lady Tigers improved their league record 6-1-1. The win was the TSU’s third consecutive triumph and fifth in the team’s last six matches.

The visiting Devilettes (4-10-1) came to Houston with few reserves on their bench, and saw their league record fall to 2-4-1. Laadi Issaka’s goal in the 85th minute spoiled TSU’s shutout and ended Valley’s streak of 292 minutes without a goal.

The Lady Tigers needed less than a half-hour to settle the match’s end result. Alisa Holloway’s one-touch strike off Briana Norwood’s long throw-in gave the Lady Tigers a 5-0 lead in the 29th minute. Head coach Kathryn Saunders’ side took a 6-0 advantage into halftime and led 8-0 by the hour mark. 

Hayward wasted little time ensuring her parents’ visit to the States would be an unforgettable trip. The striker opened the scoring by redirecting a corner kick from Kayla Smith into the back of the net in the match’s fourth minute.

The striker from New South Wales was gifted a second goal when her shot off Johnson’s pass into the penalty area went through Valley goalkeeper Rita Gyasi’s hands in the 20th minute to give the Lady Tigers a 3-0 lead. That goal was preceded by Kelly Sanders’ redirecting Rania Kablawi’s free kick into the net in the match’s ninth minute.

Freshman striker Sanders secured her second multi-point contest in eight days when she set up Johnson’s first goal of the match in the 25th minute.

Though Hayward’s play commanded the spotlight, she was not the only international – or even the only player from FIFA’s Asian Football Confederation – to score for the home side Sunday. Rania Kablawi, an alumna of the United Arab Emirates’ under-20 team, scored on a marvelous 38-yard free kick in the 53rd minute that hit the bottom of the crossbar before bouncing into the net.

Lost in TSU’s offensive assault was the stellar play of the Lady Tigers’ defense, which included 75 scoreless minutes anchored by Maya Turner. The senior from Monroe, La., was substituted in the final quarter-hour, and departed the field alongside Hayward to a standing ovation.

Turner, a four-year starter with the Lady Tigers, currently ranks in the school’s career top ten lists in matches played (63, 10th), and starts (55, 7th). Her 4,600 career minutes played rank seventh among TSU players this decade.

Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information

Grambling State 4, Alabama A&M 0

Box Score

GRAMBLING, La. - Jasmine Smith scored a pair of goals as the Grambling State University women’s soccer team clinched a spot in next month’s Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Alabama A&M on Sunday afternoon at the GSU Soccer Complex.


Grambling State (8-5-1 overall, 6-0-1 SWAC) sits atop the SWAC standings with 19 points and has three games remaining before the SWAC Tournament (Nov. 2-5).


The Lady Tigers quickly put Alabama A&M on its back heels as Grambling State opened the scoring in the eighth minute.


Kaylee Holt, who finished the day with a goal and an assist, was dragged down in the penalty area by Lady Bulldogs defender Camille Nurse to set up a penalty kick. Holt’s shot went into the left corner to give the Lady Tigers a quick 1-0 advantage.


Grambling State doubled the score right before halftime as Florence David played a perfect cross into the penalty area, where Smith headed in the goal past a diving Lady Bulldogs goalkeeper Jodi Medina to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead.


Grambling State put the game away in the 78th minute when Holt dashed down the right sideline and played a ball into the penalty area as Karen DeLeon connected for her first goal of the season.


The Lady Tigers added an insurance goal in the 86th minute to give Grambling State a 4-0 lead.


Kiawna Mounts played the ball to Smith, who dribbled out of traffic and to the left side. Smith launched a shot to the far back post to beat Media.


Turning Point

Grambling State found a way to recover from an emotional victory on Friday night when the Lady Tigers knocked off the defending SWAC Tournament champions (Alabama State).


Kaylee Holt was able to break free from the defense in the eighth minute and was dragged down to the ground by Alabama A&M defender Camille Nurse in the penalty area.


That set up the penalty kick and Holt, who is now 2-for-2 from the penalty spot, collected her thoughts and fired a shot past Lady Bulldogs goalkeeper Jodi Medina to give Grambling State a 1-0 lead.


Alabama A&M couldn’t recover from that point as the Lady Tigers tacked on three more goals over the final 82 minutes.


Inside the Numbers

  • Jordan Woodward recorded her second consecutive shutout and fifth of the season for the Lady Tigers.
  • Alabama A&M goalkeeper Jodi Medina registered seven saves.
  • Grambling State out-shot Alabama A&M, 15-4, including 10-2 in the second half.
  • The Lady Tigers held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
  • There were 26 total fouls and two yellow cards.


News and Notes

  • Grambling State ran its unbeaten streak to seven games.
  • With the victory, Grambling State is just two victories shy of matching the 2009 team (10-7-1).
  • During the Lady Tigers’ unbeaten streak, GSU has won three one-goal games.
  • The four goals scored were the most since Oct. 11, 2015 when the Lady Tigers beat Alcorn State, 4-1.
  • Grambling State has now gone more than a month since its last loss (Sept. 13 – Louisiana Tech, 3-2, OT)
  • Grambling State has three games remaining – two away (Mississippi Valley State and Alcorn State) and one home (Arkansas-Pine Bluff).
  • With the loss, Alabama A&M fell to 2-13-0 overall and 1-6-0 SWAC.

 Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alabama State 1, Arkansas Pine Bluff 0

Box Score

PINE BLUFF, Ark. | Inma Martinez scored the lone goal of the contest, in the second half, as Alabama State University shutout the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action Sunday.  

Alabama State (7-7, 5-2 SWAC) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-11-1, 1-5-1 SWAC) were scoreless through the first half and one minute into the second half, before Lexi Krieger found Inma Martinez at the top of the 18. The senior hit a shot just out of the reach of Arkansas-Pine Bluff goalkeeper Sariah Orocu for the goal.

The Lady Lions had an opportunity to tie the match in the 87th minute after Karissa Kenwick hit the post and bounded away out of danger.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff outshot the Lady Hornets 11-10, with Gianna Guyot recording a season-high nine saves on the day – giving her 99 on the season.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Prairie View A&M 4, Alcorn State 1

Box Score

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas. –   In a notably aggressive game of play primarily in the midfield, the Prairie View A&M University soccer team prevailed over Alcorn State 4-1 on Sunday at the PVAMU Soccer Complex.  

The win by the Lady Panthers (5-8-1 overall, 5-2-1 SWAC) not only clinched a winning record in conference play, but also extended the unbeaten streak to four  (3-0-1), the longest since winning five straight matches late in the 2014 season.

Prairie View A&M soccer is now 5-1-1 in its last seven matches, with four wins coming by shutout, and have outscored opponents 18-6 during that time.

Sophomore Blair Lane scored at least one goal for the third straight game and now leads the team with five goals on the season.

Striking first for Prairie View A&M was redshirt sophomore Alex Fields, who knocked in her first goal of the season off sophomore Diane's Neff corner kick at the five minute mark of the first half.

Less than three minutes later, Neff knocked in her second goal of the season, with an assist by freshman Jojo Bernal for a 2-0 PVAMU lead.

The final goal in the first half was scored by Lane,  who netted the ball over the goalie's head in the 40thminute to give the Lady Panthers a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Alcorn scored in at the 49th minute of the game early in the second half before the Lady Panthers put the game away for good.

Redshirt junior Reina Cruz solidified the win her first goal of the season in the 89th minute for the final margin.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Howard 2, Jackson State 1(2OT)

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Howard edged Jackson State in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon in the nation’s capital. 

The Lady Bison took the early lead in the first half.  Makela Davidson scored in the 22nd minute to give Howard (7-9, 6-2 SWAC) a 1-0 lead.  The Lady Bison took its one goal advantage into halftime.

Jackson State (2-11-2, 2-3-2 SWAC) tied the game late. In the 85th minute, Patricia Calderon scored on a penalty kick to tie the match and force overtime. 

The contest went to a second overtime.  Noelle McCullom scored in the 101st minute to give the Lady Bison the win.


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