Lions Maintain Control for 2-0 Win


Todd Kleiboer, Web Editor

The Lady Lions soccer team opened their first conference game by shutting out the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds 2-0 and dominated in almost every statistical measurement.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team headed into the game on a two-win streak, and Eastern New Mexico had only won one of out its five games until that point.

Neither team scored until 32 minutes in, when defender Anitra Wright sidestepped two opponents to punch it in. This goal was Wright’s second for the season.

Several minutes later in the 40th minute, forward Savannah Grasser rocketed the ball high over Greyhound goalkeeper Marissa Torres for her third goal of the season and furthered the Lions’ lead to 2-0.

For the first half, the Lions controlled possession of the ball and led in terms of shots and corners taken. The second half was scoreless, with the Lions pushing for more goals but meeting stiffer resistance from the Greyhounds. Forward Vicky Back came close to scoring a third goal for the Lions as her shot dinged off the right post in the 88th minute.

In all, the Lions took 31 shots compared to Eastern New Mexico’s four, but Torres made 11 saves on the 13 shots on goal to Lion goalkeeper Caitlin Duty’s two saves on two shots. The Lions also took 13 corner kicks, none of which led to a goal, to the Greyhounds’ two corner kicks. The Lions went into their next home game against West Texas A&M with a record of 4-2 with a perfect 3-0 home record.