Soccer Recaps: October 22
Alabama State 8, Southern 1
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A trio of seniors scored goals in their final home game of their careers, leading Alabama State University to an 8-1 victory over Southern University in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action Sunday afternoon.
Although it took Alabama State 17 minutes to score, once Ariela Lewis scored the first of her four goals on the day, the Lady Hornets kept scoring at a quick pace for the remainder of the game. She was able to sprint down the right side of the field, running past defenders for 30 yards before putting Alabama State up 1-0.
Just one minute later, Inma Martinez scored her fifth goal of the season after Lewis dribbled down the right side of the field to cross the ball into her fellow senior. In the 25th minute, Lewis struck again to put Alabama State up 3-0. The nation’s leading active career scored again in the 30th minute, her conference-leading 11th goal of the season to put the Lady Hornets up 4-0 heading into intermission.
The second half was the much same as Mercedes Padilla scored her first goal of the season on an assist from Shelby Unruh, before Lexi Krieger got in on the action in the 56th minute with her sixth goal of the season to give Alabama State a 6-0 lead. Lewis added her final goal of her home career in the 63rd minute on an assist from Krieger.
The final goal of the day for Alabama State came off the foot of Teaggan Ilela. Zaria Maynard got the start in goal for Senior Day and allowed one goal in 90 minutes.
Alabama State returns to action Thursday afternoon against Alabama A&M University in the regular season finale. The match is scheduled to kick at 3 pm.
Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information
Alcorn State 2, Grambling State 0
LORMAN, Miss.- The Grambling State University women’s soccer team opened the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schedule with a seven-match unbeaten streak and sat in first place with three games remaining in prime position to win a regular season championship.
However, that seems like a distant memory as the Lady Tigers have suffered back-to-back SWAC losses and now sit on the outside looking in and needing help with one regular season game remaining after Grambling State fell to Alcorn State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Spinks-Casem Stadium.
Coming into Sunday’s game, Grambling State sat two points back of Howard in the standings.But after a crazy Sunday, the conference regular season crown is up for grabs.
Howard tied Prairie View A&M and concludes the season with 22 points. Alabama State routed Southern, 8-1, and is 7-2-0 on the season with 21 points. Grambling State (8-7-1 overall, 6-2-1 SWAC) and Texas Southern all sit tied for the second spot with 21 points with one match remaining.
Grambling State will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday for Senior Day, while Alabama State visits Alabama A&M and Texas Southern travels to Prairie View A&M.
The Lady Tigers do hold tiebreakers over Howard, Alabama State and Texas Southern based on head-to-head results.
On Sunday, Alcorn State (3-8-0, 2-6-0) played the spoiler role to the Lady Tigers on Sunday as the Lady Braves notched goals in the 10th and 17th minute and didn’t look back in the upset win over Grambling State.
In the 10th minute, Mireya Gonzalez collected a rebound and knocked the ball into the back of the net to give the Lady Braves a 1-0 lead.
Just seven minutes later, Rita Okoro, who assisted on the Gonzalez goal, recovered a missed shot by Anjelica Dugan and fired it past Lady Tigers goalkeeper Jordan Woodward for the goal.
Inside the Numbers
- Grambling State goalkeeper Jordan Woodward played all 90 minutes in goal and finished with four saves.
- Kameran Proby registered 12 saves in net for the Lady Braves.
- Grambling State out-shot Alcorn State, 20-10, including 17-3 in the second half, and 12-6 in shots on goal.
- The Lady Tigers held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
- There were 21 fouls between the two teams.
News and Notes
- Grambling State remains two victories shy of matching the 2009 team (10-7-1).
- The Lady Tigers hold tiebreakers over Howard, Alabama State and Texas Southern should all three teams finish with the same points.
- The last time the Lady Tigers surrendered two goals and lost was on Aug. 31 in a 4-1 loss to Southern Miss.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Alabama A&M 2, Jackson State 1
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- The Alabama A&M women's soccer team seems to have turned the corner. The Lady Bulldogs have won two in a row and three of their last four matches following Sunday's thrilling 2-1 win over Jackson State.
A&M is now 3-6-0 in the SWAC with nine points, good for seventh place in the conference, just behind Mississippi Valley State.
The top eight teams qualify for the SWAC Tournament on Nov. 2-5 at Prairie View A&M. For the second straight game, the Lady Bulldogs dominated at both ends of the field, outshooting Jackson State 11-8 while goalkeeper Jodi Medina faced just two shots on goal.
She had a spectacular save in the second half, leaping to deflect the ball over the goal. Braejah Washington put A&M on top late in the first half of the physical game which saw 33 fouls called and three yellow cards issued. On a corner kick at the 40-minute mark, Caroline Dyrdek sent the ball to the front of the JSU goal. Daijah DeRamus let loose with a shot that was stopped by goalkeeper Faith Toennies.
However, Washington got the rebound and fired it back, scoring the go-ahead goal. It was Washington's first goal of the season. The Lady Tigers clawed back into a tie in the second half on a penalty kick at 54:45 of the match.
But, less than a minute later Alexus Lawson, taking a beautiful through ball from DeRamus, broke in on Toennies, drew her out of position and shot the ball into the lower right corner.
The game-winning score was the third goal of the season for Lawson.
Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 1, Howard 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coach Brent Leiba and the Howard University Women's Soccer team ended its regular season with a tie against the Prairie View A&M (PVAM) Panthers, 1-1, at Greene Stadium.
Before the contest, six Bison played their final match at The Mecca and were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the women's soccer program: Jordan Bynoe; Gabrielle Emilien; Kela Gray; Noelle McCullom; Alexia Moore; and I-sis Wilson. H
U outshot the Panthers, 21-14, and had four more corner kicks. At the 61-minute mark, Gray scored her final goal at the Hilltop and put the Bison ahead, 1-0.
Nearly five minutes later, the Panthers' Diana Neff tied the contest with an unassisted goal, 1-1. After two straight 10-minute periods, both squads ended in a draw.
Defensively, Emilien had a match-best seven saves in 120 minutes of action.
Courtesy: Howard Sports Information
Mississippi Valley State 6, Arkansas Pine Bluff 3
ITTA BENA, Miss. – With the 2017 regular season winding down, the Devilettes soccer team have hit their stride, bypassing the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6-3, on a cold rainy senior day.
Rhonique Alexander struck quickly for Mississippi Valley (2:02) on a pass from Laadi Issaka. Issaka joined in the action with a goal of her own when Heather Craddock notched a cross to her in the sixth minute.
Stephany Adomako scored the next two goals for the Devilettes. Both were phenomenal in their execution. The first she scored on a corner kick and the second a well-placed free kick.
UAPB was able to score at 37:54, when Rebecca Holmes was assisted by Karissa Fewnwick and again when Fewnwick scored unassisted.
MVSU's Sheyenne Bonnick scored unassisted in the 54th minute. The Lady Golden Lion's Sarah Wright scored their final goal at 64:16.
Lightning-footed Issaka scored the final goal on the contest at 82:50. With fancy footwork, Issaka dribbled around the UAPB goalie and with a quick kick, sent it into the goal.
Coutresy: MVSU Sports Information