SHSU women's soccer team edges Texas Southern Tigers 1-0
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012 01:08
The Sam Houston State Soccer team conquered the Texas Southern Tigers with a 1-0 victory off the foot of Tricia Mallory in overtime on the road Sunday.
The Bearkats had let their past two games go in the final minutes but they made sure that they did not let this one slip away.
The Tigers were quick to shoot at only eight minutes into the game, but Bearkat goalie Kylie Hambleton blocked all of the Tigers’ efforts, getting her first shutout of her college career with five saves.
The Bearkats struggled with the size of the field the whole time but still managed to get the win.
“Texas Southern plays on a football field, which is 53 yards wide, as opposed to our 75,” Kats head coach Tom Brown said.
At the end of the second period with the game still tied at zero, both team’s aggressions really started to show as the game went into overtime. The referee was having trouble containing the anger of the Tigers and Brown was afraid that some of players were going to get hurt.
The Bearkats wasted no time in overtime. Not even a minute passed when Kirby Zak provided an assist to Mallory for the game winning goal—just 23 seconds in. It was Mallory’s 20th career goal, moving her to second in all-time scoring for the Bearkats.
“We are creating good chances and our finishing ability will improve throughout our training,” said Brown. “We are very confident in both of our goal keepers and that helps our team tremendously. We are playing soccer better than we have in previous years.”