The Commerce Journal

September 28, 2012

Lions struggle in LSC play

The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce’s soccer team droped the opener of five game home stand, 2-1, to Angelo State. A&M-Commerce found themselves on the short end of a three-goal spurt by both teams late in the second half and could not pull even in the final nine minutes.

The Rambelles of Angelo State controlled the ball for most of the first half. Early on the Rambelles were able to put together multiple chances but were unable to put any of them past Lion goalkeeper Tracey Rogers. A&M-Commerce had one really good chance when Cadie Annett had a header be turned back by a defensive player to keep the score tied at zero late in the first half.

During the second half the Lions were able to gain more possession of the ball turned that into scoring chances. Chances by Anitra Wright, Eva Brutto and Callie Annett were al turned away by Angelo State goalkeeper Danielle Edwards. In the 77th minute Angelo State broke into the scoring column first when Selena Alavarez put in header off a cross from Lauren Cranes after a foul by A&M-Commerce gave Angelo a free kick.

Less than two minutes later Eva Brutto pulled the Lions back even with a header off a corner kick by Brionna Minde found Brutto at the far post. Unfortunately three minutes later Maggie Schaffer controlled a lob from Lauren Carnes outside the 18-yard box took one dribble and put the game-winner past Rogers.

Lions fall to Cardinals 4-1

Incarnate Word took control in the second and was able to score three times in half to power past the Lions, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Lion Soccer Field. Sarah Parker tallied two and Katie Miller added another to put give the Cardinals the victory.

With the loss A&M-Commerce has fallen in three straight games, bringing their record to 2-5 and 1-3 in Lone Star Conference Play. The victory moves the Cardinals to 2-4 overall and back to .500 in conference play with a 2-2 mark.

Incarnate Word did not waste much time in getting on the board when Jordyn Garcia put her name in the scorebook with a shot inside the 18-yard box after a spin mover to get around the Lion defender. In the 30th minute the Lions were able to tie the score when Anitra Wright connected on shot from inside the 18-yard box and beat the Cardinals keeper, Heather Kowalik, the assist was provided by Eva Brutto. The goal was Wright’s third of the season. The Lions were able to control the ensuing minutes after the goal with good midfield pressure but were unable to show anything for it on the scoreboard.

In the second 45 minutes Incarnate Word was able to control the pace of play early with four shots in the first 10 minutes. In the 56th minute the pressure as rewarded when Sarah Parker headed in a feed off a corner kick from Katie Miller to get the Cardinals the lead for good.

The Lions had chances in the form of two corner kicks and three shots but were again unable to put anything past Kowalik in net. In the 74th minute, after a Incarnate Word corner, Parker put in her second of the game off a scramble at the top of the box and past Lion keeper Tracey Rogers. Less than 10 minutes later the Cardinals added another goal as Katie Miller put in a feed from Amanda Watkins to push the lead to 4-1.