Mississippi University for Women and Talladega College found themselves scoreless for the first 80 minutes of their men’s soccer bout Monday before the host MUW side tallied the lone goal of the match for a 1-0 victory at the Lowndes County Soccer Complex. The win was the second consecutive victory for the Owls (3-6-2).
With offense at a premium — The W had three shots on goal to one by the Tornadoes — MUW found the winning goal from an unlikely source: its pair of all-American defenders Jacob Vickers and Terrell Johnson.
After the tandem helped keep the Tornadic activity — offensively — to a minimum, they then provided The W with all of the scoring it would need at the 80:34 mark of the match. Vickers drove the ball past TC goalie Leonard Richardson after the nifty pass from Johnson.
The Owls held a slim 7-6 margin in total shot attempts for the evening. Miguel Hernandez and Pedro Santana each had two shot attempts for the Owls.
In the nets, The W’s David McCutchen made a save on the only shot on goal he faced. Richardson had a pair of stops for the Tornadoes.
“We focused on possession since our last game,” MUW coach BJ Pheasant said. “At the half, I told the team we got about 60 percent of where we need to be. They improved their play in the second half and came away with a deserved victory and a shutout. Now we need to sustain that play and positivity going forward.”
The W will look to extend its win streak to three at 3 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) when it travels to Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.
Women’s soccer: Owls rout Tornadoes for second straight win
A second-half surge propelled the MUW women’s soccer team to an 8-0 victory Monday over Talladega College at the Lowndes County Soccer Complex. The Owls’ blowout win over the Tornadoes improved their season record to 5-4-1.
“Today was another great win at home,” MUW coach Catie Lyles said. “We finally started to finish in the second half and then the goals just came together. I’m very proud of the team for staying in the game and finishing it out.
“We have two big games coming up this week that we will need to get ready for now.”
After losing four consecutive matches over the previous three weeks, The W appears to have found its footing again this week. The Owls have won two straight and have outscored their two opponents 17-1 in the process.
But things started slowly for MUW versus the Tornadoes. TC actually got the first shot on goal of the day, which was stopped by goalkeeper Olivia Clark. Little did Clark know that it would be the only work she would need to do all game (Talladega’s other shot in the second half was off frame.)
MUW got its lone goal of the first stanza from Brendashia Garrett at the 20:03 minute mark.
Allyson Goza assisted on Garrett’s tally, which stood until the intermission.
However, in the second segment, the Owl attackers peppered Talladega net-minder Monet Brown. Twenty of MUW’s 31 shots came in that second half. In all, the Owls had 18 shots on goal.
Seven different Owls found the back of the net. Senior All-American Shelby Harrington led the assault with two goals. Harrington took five shots, with three on goal.
In addition to Garrett’s first-half goal, Goza, Lindsey Moyle, Adrianna Parsons, Loren Winters, Lizzie Truelock and Sydney Shoemaker all scored in MUW’s big second-half run. Truelock had two assists as well.
Garrett had a game-leading six shot attempts, with five on goal. Molly Moore had four tries.
Cross country: Owls cap regular season at Warhawk Invitational
OAKVILLE, Ala. — The W cross country teams closed out their regular season slate by competing at the Calhoun Community College Warhawk Invitational at the Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center. The Owls’ men were sixth and the women seventh in the final team standings of Friday’s races.
MUW will have more than a month before its next action at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on Nov. 11 at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
“We finished on a good note with six athletes achieving personal best marks,” The W coach Dedrick Burnett said. “We will take a month and prepare for the USCAA national championships as we look to take a small group to Virginia Beach to compete.”
Sophomore Joshua Gonsalves topped the Owls’ men’s runners in the 8-kilometer race, earning another top-20 finish. Gonsalves’ time of 30 minutes, 1.10 seconds earned him an 18th-place finish in the 67-runner field.
The W teammate Tavonta Macon, also a sophomore, was clocked in a time of 36:34.3. Fellow Owls Jourdan Whitfield and Jacob Vickers crossed the line consecutively at 37:21 and 37:33.5, respectively. Brandon Brown rounded out the MUW runners at 41:11.3.
In the women’s 5K, sophomores Kaitlyn McRee and Kalee Sanders went 1-2 for the Owls, finishing 38th and 42nd, respectively. McRee hit the tape at 24:54.87 and Sanders at 26:13.72.
Lillian Ergle was 44th. Rounding out the MUW competitors were Aziyah Mcghee (32:50.79), Michaiah Adams (32:52.13) and Vonisha Towns (33:13.60).
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