HBCU Sports: Soccer Recaps: September 29
Howard 2, Mississippi Valley State 0
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Howard Women’s Soccer knocked off conference foe Mississippi Valley State (MVSU), 2-0, at Sicard Hollow Park. The contest was televised on the SWAC Digital Network.
HU took twice as many shots, 18-9, while taking a 13-1 advantage in corner kicks.
After a scoreless first half, newcomer Aleeya Sawyer scored the match’s first goal at the 74-minute mark on a rebound, 1-0.
With less than three minutes remaining, Makela Davidson assisted Sawyer with the insurance goal, 2-0. Defensively, Gabrielle Emilien played over 70 minutes and allowed no goals. The Toronto native stopped five goals in the victory.
Courtesy: Howard Sports Information
Texas Southern 1, Alabama State 0
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University remained undefeated in Southwestern Athletic Conference play after claiming a 1-0 triumph Friday at Alabama State.
Senior striker Paige Hayward made the most of her return to the TSU lineup, tallying the match’s only goal with an unassisted strike in the 33rd minute. It was Australia national’s fourth goal of the season and 20th of her TSU career, four off the school’s all-time mark.
The win over Alabama State vaulted the Lady Tigers (3-4-2) to the top of the SWAC table with a 2-0-1 league record, one point ahead of Grambling State, which is undefeated in two league matches. Alabama State (4-6) fell to 2-1 in SWAC play.
TSU’s freshman goalkeeper Tammy Syron continued her stellar play in the net, posting her second shutout in three conference matches. Syron stopped six shots, three in each half.
The TSU defense, anchored by regulars Briana Norwood, Bailey Blalock, and Brooke Ianiero, also limited the Hornets’ chances. ASU held a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal, but was unable to put a shot on target in the final 20 minutes, despite having five corner kick opportunities during that span.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information
Grambling State 2, Jackson State 1
GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University soccer team trailed for 60 minutes on Friday afternoon, but GSU found a way to win with a pair of goals during the final 28 minutes to defeat Jackson State, 2-1, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game at the GSU Soccer Complex.
Grambling State (4-5-0 overall, 2-0-0 SWAC) fell behind quickly as Jackson State took a 1-0 lead in the third minute as Jalah Carter scored on an unassisted goal.
Jackson State (1-9-1, 1-1-1 SWAC) kept the advantage until the 63rd minute when Jasmine Smith assisted on a Janee Harris goal for the equalizer.
Grambling State took the lead for good just seven minutes later when Kellie Holt connected off a rebound and fired the ball into the back of the net for the 2-1 advantage.
Inside the Numbers
- Grambling State goalkeeper Jordan Woodward didn’t face a shot on goal in 90 minutes of action.
- Faith Toennies finished with one save for Jackson State.
- Grambling State out-shot Jackson State, 12-4, including 6-2 in the second half.
- There were a combined 31 fouls and five yellow cards.
News & Notes
- Grambling State is 4-4 in games decided by one goal this season.
- Grambling State picked up its fourth win and is 2-0 in the SWAC for the first time prior to the 2009 season.
- On Monday, Brittany Terry earned the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 2, Alabama A&M 0
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Prairie View A&M University soccer team posted its second straight shutout, blanking Alabama A&M 2-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Friday.
The Lady Panthers got on the board in the first half when freshman Alessandra Rivera knocked her first collegiate goal off the inside post just under the 11:00 minute mark.
In the second half, sophomore Diana Neff bounced a loose ball in off a penalty kick at the 55:00 minute mark for her first goal of the season.
PVAMU’s goalie Clarissa Ledesma made four saves, and posted her second shutout of the season. Prairie View A&M outshot Alabama A&M 19-8, and led 10-4 in shots-on-goal.
Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Arkansas Pine Bluff 1, Southern 1
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Lady Lions soccer team trailed 1-0 after a late goal in the 84th minute from Southern University’s Akosua Allen, but the Lady Lions overcame adversity and responded right back as defender Ana Silvero found the head of midffielder Rebecca Holmes for a thrilling goal (88th min.) on a beautiful cross to tie things up at one goal each just four minutes after the Lady Jaguars’ goal, resulting in a 1-1 draw at Pumphrey Stadium in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.
Both teams had quality chances to take the lead before the end of regulation but came up just short. UAPB (0-7-1, 0-1-1 SWAC) goal keeper Sariah Orocu had a game-high six saves in the draw while forward Allison Herrin of the Lady Lions led all players with seven shots. The physical contest produced a total of 26 fouls and seven yellow cards; five of them coming from Southern’s (0-7-1, 0-1-1 SWAC) squad.
Courtesy: Arkansas Pine Bluff Sports Information