Lions still alive down the stretch in LSC

Tyler McDonough, Senior Sports Reporter

Lions won’t go away in LSC play | Photo by Joseph Miller

By Tyler McDonough | Senior Sports Reporter

After falling to Angelo St. 3-1 on Friday the A&M-Commerce Lions got back to their winning ways as they defeated UT-Permian Basin today in Odessa 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Lions improve to 7-5 (4-4 LSC), while UTPB falls to 1-12 (0-8 LSC). The Lions have accumulated for 12 conference points on the season.

Leslie Campuzano got things started for the Lions in just the seventh minute after a pass from Karissa Rulander. Rulander found Campuzano on the left side of the box to make it 1-0. The goals marks Campuzano’s third of the season, while Rulander accumulated for her third assist of the season.

Early on, the Lions bombarded the Falcons including shots from Rulander, and Cora Welch. Although no shots found the net, the Lions dominated possession of the ball.

After UTPB started to gain possession more toward the end of the half the Falcons missed several shots and Caitlyn Duty made a save as the Lions took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Early on in the second half the defenses for both squads stiffened as neither team had a shot on goal for nearly 15 minutes. UTPB finally broke the silence as they shot in the 63rd minute, just to have it saved by Duty.

In the 88th minute, Sabrina Munguia iced the match as she stole the ball from UTPB leading to a one on one against the goalie. Munguia easily scored from inside the box to secure a 2-0 victory for the Lions.

Caitlyn Duty had a fine performance as she recorded four saves and completed her third shutout of the season.

With the win, the Lions find themselves still in the thick of things in the Lone Star Conference. The 12 total conference points the Lions have accumulated for puts them in fifth place in the LSC, however the Lions are not far behind. Angelo St. is in second with 16 points, Texas Women’s has 14, and Eastern New Mexico has 13. West Texas A&M leads the conference with a 12-1-1 record (7-0-1 LSC) and has 22 points.

The Lions have some great opportunities to make up ground the next couple of weeks as they will take on WTAMU, TWU, and ENMU all at home. The Lions play their final four games of the season at home starting with West Texas A&M this Friday.