September 20, 2013

Lions Edge Soccer in Conference Opener, 1-0

CORPUS CHRISTI – Brianna Singh's goal in the 64th minute was the only score of the game, as Southeastern Louisiana (6-1-1, 1-0-0 Southland) knocked off the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team 1-0 on Friday. It marked the conference opener for both teams.

Audrey Baldwin had another sterling game in net for the Islanders (1-6-0, 0-1-0), making seven saves in the defeat. Hope Sabadash posted five saves for the Lions. Southeastern outshot the Islanders 16-10 in the win. A crowd of 403 turned out despite the threat of rain.

"Overall, I'm very pleased with the team's performance today," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "It was not the end result we hoped for, but there are many positives starting conference play. Baldwin had another great game in goal today. She stayed connected well and controlled the box.

"I think our team knows we have another level that we can reach and they are hungry to come back Sunday with a strong performance," Caldwell added. "I also wanted to thank the fans for braving the weather today and showing their support."

The lone score of the game came on a header from Singh that tucked just inside the left post at 63:46. Amber Lasher beat her defender on the right side and got just enough space on the edge of the penalty area to send a ball to Singh, who was crashing into the 6. The freshman got her head on the cross and found the back of the cage to make it 1-0, her third goal of the season.

The Islanders were not without scoring opportunities in the second half. In the final five minutes, with the score still 1-0, the home squad earned its finest chance. Hailey Sutton played a nice ball to Meghan Cordero just outside of the box, and the Las Vegas native ripped a shot that was deflected just wide by Sabadash. The Lions squelched the ensuing corner opportunity, and the Islanders were unable to mount any further offense.

The first half was scoreless, but not for a lack of chances. The Islanders had their best opportunity in the 35th minute, with two strong opportunities to crack the scoreboard. In both cases, Cordero set up the play, as the first cross was knocked aside by keeper Sabadash. On the second, Brooke Erdmann started the play with a brilliant back heel to send Cordero in, and her cross was headed just wide by Hannah Joseph.

Southeastern's finest opportunity came in the final 45 seconds of the frame. Lasher sent a gorgeous through ball on the far side to a streaking Marisa Rodrigues. Rodrigues came in alone on Baldwin, and the senior denied her first opportunity, then saw the second shot carom off the right post and harmlessly away.

The Islanders will continue their Southland-opening weekend on Sunday, when they face undefeated Nicholls at 1 p.m. at Dugan Stadium. Tickets can be purchased from the Islanders Athletics Ticket Office by calling 825-BALL (2255) and live stats and video will be available on GoIslanders.com.