Bearkats ease past Cardinals 5-2
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 22:10
Goals were not in short supply for the Bearkats as they snapped their two-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Lamar University Friday night at Pritchett Field.
Sam Houston State jumped out early against the Cardinals with two first-half goals on Cardinal goalkeeper Zooey Stephenson.
“Everyone came out to win,” sophomore goalkeeper Kylie Hambleton said. “[We] wanted to control the pace of the game. We played our game and made Lamar adapt to us.”
Junior forward Emily Edenstorm started off the goal-scoring clinic for the Bearkats with a shot from the top of the box that curved to the bottom right off a pass from sophomore forward Ashley Alonzo. The goal was Edenstorm’s first of the season after missing last season with an injury.
The Bearkats continued their success on set pieces when sophomore midfielder Shelby McDaniel capitalized off a free kick five minutes after SHSU’s opening goal. McDaniel’s shot from 23 yards out curved over the wall and to the bottom corner of the goal.
After giving up 21 shots to Stephen F. Austin on Oct. 6, SHSU’s defense limited the Cardinal attack to only eight shots. The Bearkats held a shutout until the 38th minute when sophomore defender Colby Glover slipped while defending Lamar’s Jannet Hernandez, which gave Hernandez an open shot on goal that passed Hambleton.
In SHSU’s next match against Central Arkansas, Hambleton hopes to come away with the shutout, but players will need to take responsibility for each of their assignments, she said.
“We will need to have a little better communication in the back,” she said. “We need our backs organizing early and making sure we have each attacker marked up, especially runs from the midfield.”
SHSU recovered and found the key in their offense that was missing from their Stephen F. Austin State match.
During the match against the Lumberjacks, the Bearkats worked the ball to the outside for a cross that would fail to connect on the receiving end. Against the Cardinals, sophomore Mariah Titus found the back of the net while sending a ball intended for Edenstorm’s back-post run. In the 78th-minute, freshman Allie Johnson’s cross connected to freshman Jacey Hamilton’s head for the Bearkats’ fifth goal.
“I thought we did a very good job of trying to set an attacking mentality tonight,” head coach Tom Brown said. “Our passing had improved and our mobility up front had improved. For us, the last piece was getting the goals, and [Friday], they came plenty.”
The win keeps SHSU in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Southland Conference.
The Bearkats will continue their home stretch hosting Central Arkansas Friday at 7 p.m. at Pritchett Field.