Lion Soccer looking ahead to conclusion of LSC play

Tyler McDonough, Senior Sports Reporter

Lions celebrate after a Jocelyn McDonough goal | Photo by Joseph Miller

By Tyler McDonough | Senior Sports Reporter

The A&M-Commerce Lions soccer team defeated the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds 1-0 at Memorial Stadium on Sunday behind a late goal from Jocelyn McDonough.

With the win the Lions improve their record to 8-6 (5-5 LSC) to overtake the Greyhounds (4-5-1 LSC) for fourth place in the Lone Star Conference. Seeding will be important in the upcoming LSC tournament as the top four teams will host.

The Lions stormed out the gates controlling the ball efficiently early in the match. In the 23rd minute Michelle Kotlik nearly headed in corner kick from Leslie Campuzano, but the ball just barley flew over the crossbar.

Cora Welch nearly sent in a goal in the 40th minute on a wild sequence where three Lions, and four Greyhounds all met in the box fighting for possession of the ball, eventually saved by ENMU’s Taylor Jackson.

In the start of the second half Caitlyn Duty made a quick save as ENMU came firing out the gates. Lindsey McDonald and Kara Blasingame countered the Greyhounds quick start, taking the Lions back down the field, both taking shots that barely missed the mark.

As the match dwindled down to the end with the score 0-0 and no team appearing to take the initiative, Jocelyn McDonough cashed in on a corner kick from Leslie Campuzano in the 77th minute to take a 1-0 lead.

For the next 13 minutes, Caitlyn Duty and co. were able to hold onto the lead for the Lions as the match ended 1-0.

With the win, the Lions move into fourth place in the LSC, swapping places with ENMU as the Greyhounds move to fifth place.

The Lions have two big matches to end the season as they will host Texas Woman’s University on Oct. 24 in Rockwall at Kyle Field, and Midwestern State University on Oct. 26. The Lions find themselves five points behind Texas Woman’s.