COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team lost a 2-1 decision to Midwestern State on Sunday. The Lions fell behind 2-0 early in the match and could not find the equalizing goal.
The loss brings the Lions to 5-2-2 on the season and 2-2-0 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs improve to 7-2-0 on the season and 3-1-0 in conference action.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday for their final non-conference match of the regular season. The Lions will face Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. The match will be played at the Lion Soccer Field.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Michelle Kotlik scored the Lions' lone goal in the match. She headed in a ball in a scrum in the 22nd minute.
- Sophie Haywood took five shots, two of which were on goal. She had a penalty kick in the 67th minute that was saved.
- Raven Porter and Sabrina Munguia both had a shot on goal. Munguia had a shot hit the cross bar in the final minutes of the match.
- Caitlin Duty made three saves in the match.
- The Lions were called offsides six times.
- Taylor Robinson and Destinee Lewis scored MSU's goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions had three early offside penalties that halted the Lion momentum early in the match. Porter had the first shot on goal in the match in the seventh minute. However, the shot was saved.
The Mustangs took the lead in the 10th minute. Robinson got past her defender and shot the ball toward Duty. Duty dove for the ball and got a fingertip on the ball. However, she could not knock the ball offline and it rolled into the net. The Mustangs added another goal in the 12th minute. Avery Lewis took the ball from the left side of the net and crossed the ball in toward Williamson, who placed the ball into the net. MSU led the match 2-0 in the 12th minute.
Duty made saves on shots from Williamson and Lewis and then it was the Lions' turn to get on the board. A ball was kicked toward the net. The ball bounced multiple times on its way to the net. Kotlik was there and got in front of the MSU goalkeeper and outjumped her, heading the ball into the net. Kotlik had another shot that was saved in the 25th minute.
The Lions had another chance in the 37th minute. Haywood headed the ball toward the net off of a corner kick. However, the ball went just high. Munguia had a shot on goal near the end of the half that was saved and MSU took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
After a save from Duty early in the second half, the Lions had a golden opportunity for the tying goal. Haywood had the ball and was fighting toward the goal when she was tripped inside the goal box. A foul was called and Haywood was awarded a penalty kick. She shot the ball to the right side of the goal. But the MSU keeper was there and made a diving save to keep A&M-Commerce from tying the match.
The Lions had a late opportunity for the tying goal. Munguia got the ball and made a few moves to create space. She fired a shot at the goal. However, the ball hit the crossbar and fell in front of the net. The ball was fired away by an MSU defender and the Lions did not get another chance, falling 2-1.
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