September 1, 2013

Women's Soccer Comeback Bid Falls Short

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Freshman Yvette Franco scored in the 83rd minute, but time ran out on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team, as Campbell held off the Islanders' comeback in a 2-1 victory. The Camels finished the Islanders Classic with a 2-0-0 record, while the Islanders are now 0-3-0 on the year.

It marked Franco's third goal of the weekend and of the season, as she now leads the team with her three goals and seven points. Michelle Pocaccini and Melissa Messier scored the goals for Campbell.

"We had a slow start to the game today," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "We sat back and reacted late as opposed to taking our game plan at them. At the half I told them to be more active, do the little things, stop the penetrating balls from being sent in without any pressure. I told them to believe that they can win and score goals because we have the firepower to put the ball in the back of the net.

"I think you could see the last 20 minutes of the game we really turned it up a level and started playing the way we are capable of for 90 minutes," Caldwell added. "They had a fight and passion that is part of who we are as a team. Also, we had a great spark from our subs today. They really gave us some extra energy and were a big part of why we scored our goal."

The Camels struck first with a tally in the 10th minute. Payton Ormsby brought the ball in wide on the right side, and sent a cross into the six-yard box. A streaking Procaccini redirected the ball into the right side of the net past Baldwin for her first goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

In the 19th minute, the visitors were able to strike again and double their advantage. Hilliary Gupton took possession on her own side of the field on the left side, and sent a long ball over the top. Messier streaked past the Islanders' back line along the left side and came in 1-v-1 on Baldwin. Messier sent a ball just off the keeper's fingertips high to the right side for a 2-0 advantage.

The Islanders responded in the second half with a strong effort, putting a significant amount of pressure on the Camels. But the Islanders could not crack the scoreboard until the 83rd minute. After a yellow card was issued to Campbell, Meghan Cordero set up for a set piece from just inside the sideline on the left side. The freshman lofted a ball into the left side of the six-yard box, and Franco sent it into the lower left corner to trim the lead to 2-1.

A&M-Corpus Christi maintained the pressure, and nearly tied the game in the 88th minute. The Islanders worked up the left side once again and shook free of the defense, but Sara Chandlee's shot went just high. That was as close as the Islanders would come, though, as time ran out on the comeback.

The Camels outshot the Islanders 18-8 in the game, though the Islanders closed the gap with six shots in the second half. Audrey Baldwin made six saves in a losing effort, while Alexis Connors made a pair for Campbell in the win. Yellow cards were assessed to Kellsey Costello-Mays for CU and to Kallyn Redona for the Islanders.

The Islanders are back in action on Friday, Sept. 6, when they travel to UTSA for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Roadrunners. Live stats and video will be available at GoUTSA.com and updates will be provided on Twitter (@IslandersSoccer).