OLLU sweep Player of the Week Awards

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After the first week of play in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), OLLU has swept all four weekly awards after dominating this weekend of play. Both the men’s and women’s offensive and defensive player of the week awards went to OLLU players after a strong start to the season.

Marco Perales won the men’s offensive player of the week after a strong performance to open the season when he managed two goals and an assist in the season opener on Friday. That puts him level for the conference goal lead with team-mate Oscar Cordova, but his assist pushed him over the edge.

The men’s RRAC defensive player of the week award went to Jared Poling, who was crucial in defense for OLLU. Texas A & M Texarkana managed only one shot through their match with the Saints with Poling a vital defender.

That Brooke Cousins won the women’s offensive player of the week was no surprise after her stellar offensive performance on Sunday. Cousins broke an OLLU record when she scored five goals in the 11-0 win over Bacone, scoring four goals in a row as part of that run.

Maggie Miller captained OLLU in their two matches this weekend marshalling the defensive line at the Border Cup tournament at Texas A&M Texarkana. Her efforts gave OLLU the win in that tournament as they easily restricted their opponents, keeping them scoreless, and almost shotless throughout that weekend.

Lee Hat-trick sends SMU past UIW

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Despite defending well for much of the match, UIW couldn’t hold on as three goals in the final 20 minutes saw SMU take the match away from the cardinals. The Mustangs, former NCAA Champions, managed a win through a Brenden Lee hat-trick in those final 20 minutes as SMU went past UIW at Westcott Field on Monday night.

The first goal for the Mustangs was unfortunate for the Cardinals after UIW keeper Joshua Blair made a strong save. That save was on Emil Cuello’s shot, but Lee acted quickly, running on it and scoring with a tap-in to open the scoring in the 70th minute.

After that opened the scoring Lee the Cardinals struggled to keep the defense up and in the 78th minute Lee was able to take advantage of a UIW defensive mistake. A loose ball allowed Lee to pounce and steal possession, just outside the box, allowing him to run on goal and easily send it past the keeper to double the SMU lead.

It took less than one minute for Lee to go from a Brace to a hattrick as Garrett McLaughlin was able to spot Lee in space. Lee worked his way just inside the box, and hit a powerful strike across the face of goal and in to the back of the net to seal the 3-0 result.

The Cardinals defended well for much of the match, despite being second best for a long period, but they just couldn’t hold off. If not for some poor shooting the lead could have been more as the Mustangs had a very narrow lead on shots on goal 5-4, despite leading total shots convincingly 14-6.

The first half was very much a defensive player as the two sides were looking to try and control the ball and look for opportunities slowly. Joshua Blair was strong in the Cardinals goal as he worked hard to keep SMU at bay in that first half.

It was clearly that SMU were the better side throughout the first half but they could not break down the Cardinals defense. They had three shots in the first half and they all came early before the Cardinals took charge of the latter stages of the half, despite that the Cardinals still couldn’t manage a shot in the first half which ended scoreless.

The Cardinals came out from the break and continued to attack looking for a goal but Michael Nelson was on top of his game in the SMU goal. Thomas Bibby was the main outlet for the Cardinals but his efforts could not beat a strong effort from Nelson, which would prove costly as SMU got back in to the match.

OLLU Women send 11 past Bacone

Brooke Cousins, scorer of five goals (Photo: OLLU Athletics)

An absolute bagful of goals to Brooke Cousins helped OLLU power past Bacone College for the biggest victory in school history on Sunday. OLLU managed a huge 11-0 win to keep their perfect start to the season going in emphatic fashion.

It took just three minutes for the Saints to open the scoring as Maryssa Garza was able to get the ball in the back of the net after some good build up play. After such a start the warning signs were there for Bacone, but they failed to really head them as OLLU just kept coming.

Ten minutes later Cousins had the first of her five goals of the night as she easily buried her chance. It didn’t take long for Cousins to seal her brace as she scored her second just two minutes later as she booted in the third of the night and her second.

The Bacone keeper, Alyssa Howard, finally started to get in to the match after that third goal from the Saints as she made three saves. That, coupled with some wayward finishing, kept OLLU off the scoreboard until the 40th minute with Cousins wrapped up her hat-trick with a well struck goal.

It took just two minutes of the second half for Cousins to score her fourth, goal of the match as she scored one minute and 19 seconds in to the half. That gave the Saints a five goal lead and saw Bacone really throw all players behind the ball in an effort to stop the bleeding, despite goal difference not being a factor in college soccer at all.

But the resistance did not hold out forever as Pauline Fields was able to score in the 64th minute for OLLU’s sixth. Ten minutes later Cousins returned to score her fifth, and final, goal of the night to push OLLU’s lead out to six. Scoring five goals in a match sees Cousins break a school record, as she is the first Saints player to score five goals in a match, and equals the shots on goal record with seven.

After some missed opportunities from Reyna Garcia, OLLU made it eight in the 81st minute from a goal through Maryssa Garcia. Things got even worse for Bacone three minutes later when Kallie Smith sent the ball past her own keeper in an attempt to clear to give OLLU their ninth.

With four minutes to play OLLU sent the match in to double figures through Grayson Manfredo scoring her first of the season. Just two minutes later the match finished 11-0 when Thirley Rodriguez scored the final goal of the rout.

OLLU men Demolish Texas A&M Texarkana in Season Opener

Freshman goal scorer Osacr Cordova (Photo: OLLU Athletics)

The OLLU men’s soccer team has got off to a perfect start as they demolished Texas A&M Texarkana (TAMUT). It was quite a welcome to the Red River Athletic Conference for TAMUT who were thumped by the Saints 6-0 in a crushing victory in Texarkana.

Despite the hefty score line for OLLU, it took some time for the scoring to get started as TAMUT held out got almost half an hour. Marco Perales was able to find space in the 29th minute which allowed him to create the goal, scoring with a solid finish.

That started things and in the 41st minute Nickolas Tyrpak, younger brother of former San Antonio Scorpion Kris Tyrpak, found the second. Tyrpak doubled the lead with his own quality finish to make it a 2-0 lead to the Saints at half-time.

After it took a long time to score in the first half, the Saints wasted no time in the second half as they were able to make it three in the seventh minute of the half. That goal came through Perales who wrapped up his brace to all but seal the win.

In the 62nd minute the Saints were able to make it four when Jonathan Garay was able to bury his chance, as OLLU kept on attacking. Just two minutes later the Saints were able to make it five through a first goal for a collegiate debut goal from Oscar Cordova.

After a bit of a break between goals, Cordova was able to score his second career goal when he scored in the 80th minute. TAMUT had only one shot on target through the match, which was easily saved by the Saints keeper as they cruised through to the 6-0 win.

UTSA Attack well but fall to Houston Baptist

UTSA managed to have more shots than Houston Baptist in their match at Sorrels Field on Sunday night, but they still fell to a 2-0 loss. The Huskies were just far more clinical than the Roadrunners and that gave them the win, handing UTSA their first loss of the season.

It was the first home match of the season for Houston Baptist and they were determined to get their fans in to the match early. The opening goal took just ten minutes when Sabriah Spencer was able to play through Ellee Hall who easily sent it past Isabella Sanchez in the UTSA goal.

That forced the Roadrunners to go for the match, and they went on the attack trying to pull back in to the match. They had six shots throughout the first-half but they could not break down the strong HBU defense with Alanis Guevara having a strong performance in the Huskies goal.

The second half saw UTSA keep their attack going, with wasteful finishing really haunting the Roadrunners. Despite having nine corners, the Roadrunners still couldn’t find the back of the net, as they too often could not hit the target.

UTSA were punished in the 77th minute for those wasted chances as the Huskies were able to hit their second goal of the match. Allison Abendchein was able to steal possession deep in UTSA’s half, allowing her to run in on goal, and beat the keeper to all but seal the win.

With three minutes to play UTSA got agonizingly close to giving themselves some hope of extra time after a shot on target. But yet again Guevara was up to the task as she made another strong save which kept it 2-0, sealing the two goal win for Houston Baptist.

Cardinals Suffer Heavy loss to Bears Despite Strong Defense

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A tough weekend ended with another difficult loss for UIW Women as they fell to a 3-0 loss against the might of Baylor on Sunday night at Betty Lou Mays Field. Despite the result, the positives were there as UIW showed great improvement from just a year ago when UIW fell to a 7-1 loss to Baylor.

It took just two minutes for Baylor to open the scoring after a strong cross from Raegan Padgett perfectly found Lauren Piercy. That allowed the Bears’ forward to take the lead after a powerful header beat the keeper and opened the scoring.

From there, Baylor continued to attack as they kept on peppering the UIW goal, and in that the second cardinals keeper. Haley Nelson was brought in just nine minutes in, but showed no sign of being cold, as she made two huge saves in the half to keep it just 1-0 at the half.

But the break seemed to help Baylor, and again two minutes in to the half they were able to double their lead through yet another header. This one came through Precious Akanyirige who got a header easily away and gave the Bears a crucial two goal cushion.

In the 56th minute the Cardinals had their best chance to get a goal back in to the match as they got their only shot on target for the match. Ana Campa was able to find space and shoot but it was easily saved by Sara Martinson in the Bears goal.

All chances of UIW getting back in to the match went away just a few minutes after that chance when they were reduced to ten. Annika Fields was shown a straight red-card for her challenge, killing off UIW’s chances.

Despite the numerical disadvantage UIW held on well defensively throughout the final half-hour of the match, with Nelson making five big saves. But the pressure was always going to tell and two minutes from time Baylor made it three when Jackie Crowther sent in a cross for Ashley Thornhill to wrap up the strong win for Baylor.

UIW Attack not Strong Enough to Overcome Houston

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As UIW makes the transition to Division I there are going to be matches against some strong schools and on Friday night that was the case when Houston came to Benson Field. UIW did well but just couldn’t hold on, falling in a 2-0 loss.

The Cardinals started the match brightly and had two good chances in the first five minutes of the match. The first came in the third minute from freshman Brooke Hanson, before Sam Batley was on the end of a counter two minutes later, but her shot was denied by the Houston keeper.

But Houston only needed one look to open the scoring, after finally getting in to the match it came in the 15th minute. Selena Peters was able to create space for herself on the corner of the box, she shot powerfully across the face and in to the back of the net, giving the Cougars the lead.

Now a goal down, UIW was forced to respond, but the Cardinals struggled to really break down the Houston defense. They had more shots, but those were often off target, and those that were rarely gave much trouble to the keeper, keeping it 1-0 at the break.

The second half saw the Cougars really control the half from the opening whistle as they looked to kill off the match. It took just five minutes for that to happen when Houston added to their lead as Margo McEntire crossed in for Deseree Brown who easily buried the chance, making it two for Houston.

From their Houston practically cruised to the win as they managed to just hold back UIW, who failed to do much of anything in the second half. Despite that, UIW could be pleased that they pushed a strong team like Houston for at least 45 minutes, and that will encourage them as they head to conference play next month.

Oral Roberts hold off Strong UIW Attack

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After a strong pre-season, UIW men’s soccer did not bring that form in to the regular season as they fell in their opener. Oral Roberts won the physical, and at times angry, battle to get a 2-0 win in the season opener for both teams.

It was a strong start from UIW when new midfielder Tom Bibby sent in a ball for forward Ben Conway, who controlled well with his chest. That control allowed Conway the chance to volley, but he got under the ball sending it well over the bar.

The star for Oral Roberts was their goalkeeper, who kept the Cardinals at bay throughout the first half, making four huge saves. That allowed the Golden Eagles to open the scoring in the 32nd minute when they punished UIW for some horrendous defending. A Santiago Riveros free-kick was sent in to a wide open Matthew Rogers, left with an easy header to give Oral Roberts a 1-0 halftime lead.

Just five minutes in to the second half UIW were handed a big advantage when Oral Roberts were reduced to ten men. Rafael Rivera slid in with excessive force on his opponent, forcing the referee to show him a straight red card.

That allowed the Cardinals to press even harder at the goal, looking to find an equalizer against the Oral Roberts defense. But that Golden Eagles defense remained as strong as they had throughout the first half, holding out UIW.

Those wasted opportunities came back to haunt UIW as they conceded again in the 69th minute and again through a Riveros free-kick. Riveros sent in the ball again and this time found Isaac Fraley who easily headed home after another UIW set-piece defensive lapse.

Things got even worse for UIW in the 75th minute when they lost their man advantage after Fernando Laverde was given his second yellow card. That really ended UIW’s hopes, they kept the attack up but now with the numbers even, ORU’s defense only improved further.