No. 11 soccer blanks St. Mary’s 2-0 with two header goals – LINK
COMMERCE– The No. 11 Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team scored a 2-0 win over St. Mary's on Friday night. The Lions scored two header goals off of corner kicks in the match.
The Lions are now 3-0-0 on the season, their best start to the season since they started 4-0-0 in 2009.
The Lions will hit the road for the first time this season on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match against No. 6 St. Edward's. The match will be played at Lewis-Chen Family Field in Austin.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-Michelle Kotlik scored the game-winning goal in the 30th minute with a header off of a Kara Blasingame corner kick. It was her first goal of the season. Blasingame now has three assists on the season.
- Delaney Bunselmeyer scored a header goal in the 51st minute off of an Izzy Ward corner kick. It is Bunselmeyer's second goal of the season and Ward's first assist.
- Caitlin Duty saved the only shot on goal for St. Mary's. It is Duty's second shutout of the season.
- The Lions outshot St. Mary's 13-2 in the match. The Lions had six shots on goal.
- The Lions are 3-0 for the first time since 2009, when they started the season 4-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED
St. Mary's recorded its only shot on goal in the ninth minute of the match. Duty made the save to keep St. Mary's off the board. The Lions dominated the ball throughout the match, keeping the ball in enemy territory for the majority of the match.
Leslie Campuzano was active early for the Lions. She had three shots in a seven-minute span, one of which was on goal. However, St. Mary's keeper made a save and the game remained scoreless.
Kotlik had two shots blocked in the early stages of the match but she was undeterred. She took advantage of another opportunity off of a corner kick off the left foot of Blasingame. The ball curled in and Kotlik timed her jump right and launched her head into the ball, directing it into the net.
Cora Welch had a shot that went on goal in the 40th minute but it was saved and the Lions took a 1-0 lead into the half. The Lions outshot St. Mary's 7-1 in the first half.
The Lions continued their ball dominance in the second half. They scored their second goal of the match in the 51st minute. Ward took a corner kick from the right and bent it toward the goal. This time it was Bunselmeyer who found the ball and directed it into the net on a header. The Lions took a 2-0 lead.
Campuzano had another shot on goal that was saved and Bunselmeyer also had a saved shot. After both defenses denied penetration for the next 15 minutes, Campuzano had her best chance of the match. However, her shot hit off the cross bar and kept the match with the score of 2-0.
St. Mary's had a shot late in the match that was off the mark and the Lion defense held firm to finish the shut out and give the team their third win in a row to start the season.
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