CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi soccer team enjoyed a successful exhibition against Cisco Junior College on Thursday at Dugan Stadium, drawing 1-1 in two 30-minute halves and then scoring five goals in a 7-v-7 20-minute session to follow.
The Islanders, limited by injuries to just a handful of substitutes, dominated possession throughout the competition and had strong contributions from a number of players.
"I was really happy with the way the team played today," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "We are fighting through some injuries and I thought everyone that was able to go today performed very well. We had a lot of opportunities and took our chances when they were presented.
"The freshmen really stepped up and played well," she added. "I think overall everyone had a great game, and we only have room to improve. Right now we are focusing on getting players healthy and continuing to jell and work on our team shape."
Cisco got on the board first on their only shot of the first half, converting on a breakaway off a through-ball in the 10th minute, but the Islanders came right back to tie the score. Yvette Franco sent a high, arcing ball from 30 yards out over the keeper and into the back of the net to knot things up at 1-1.
That was all the scoring for the full-field action, but A&M-Corpus Christi found the back of the net five times in 7-v-7 play. Zoe Cole and Audrey Kuhl each scored twice, while Franco had the other goal for the home squad. The Islanders were able to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard in the extra session.
A&M-Corpus Christi will be back in action with another exhibition on Sunday at 1 p.m. against St. Mary's. The game, played at Dugan Stadium, will be free admission for all spectators.