Soccer Knocks Off Houston Baptist
By SUU Strategic Communication
Edinburg, Texas - After the initial matchup was delayed due to weather, the SUU soccer team took on Houston Baptist on Saturday and came away with a 2–1 victory at the UTRGV Soccer Complex.
The Thunderbirds (4–3) and Huskies (2–2) both have one match still to play in Edinburgh, as the UTRGV Tournament will continue Sunday.
The match on Friday had started and SUU had fallen behind 1–0, but the decision was made to restart the game today after a long lightning delay, which SUU head coach Becky Hogan said went against something she tries to instill in her team.
“After going down 1–0 yesterday right before the weather delay we were very fortunate to have a redo today,” she said. “Maddeningly ironic because I have been preaching all season that you don't get redos.”
Hogan went on to say that the effort today was a huge game changer.
“Our players showed a lot of maturity to come out today and absolutely change the way we played,” she said. “Yesterday we were soft and slow and today we flew around and dominated pretty much from whistle to whistle.”
The Huskies struck first in the 29th minute, when Allison Abendschein took a corner from Elizabeth Adams and headed the ball into the back of the goal to put HBU up 1–0.
Less than a minute later the Thunderbirds tied the match up at 1–1, when Jahna Tacson put the ball in the back of the net off a rebound.
SUU took the lead in the 54th minute, when Devri Hartle took a pass from Kelsee Bone to score her first goal of the season and put the Thunderbirds up 2–1. Houston Baptist had opportunities down the stretch, but the Thunderbird defense held on and SUU took the match.
“I was happy with the goals we scored,” Hogan said about the points SUU was able to put up. “They were scrappy and embodied the style of play that is going to carry this team forward. That isn't to say that I want this to be the only way we score, at some point our build up needs to lead to goals, but for now we will take a win any way we can.”
SUU had a slight advantage in shots 10–9, and in shots on goal 7–5.
Freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Caldera got the start in goal again for the Thunderbirds, and despite giving up one goal had three saves.
Hogan said the win took every player they had, including backup goalkeeper Tessa Christensen, who suited up, replaced an injured player, and played minutes as a striker.Sunday’s match, that will pit the Thunderbirds against the University of South Dakota, is scheduled for 10 a.m.