A&M-Commerce Soccer Debut Ends in Draw in Double OT

Kara Blasingame and Jocelyn McDonough high five after a game.

East Texan Photo | Joe Miller

Kara Blasingame and Jocelyn McDonough high five after a game.

Arrion Ellis, Sports Writer

By: Arrion Ellis | Sports Writer

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Women’s soccer season debut ended in a 0-0 draw in double OT against Westminster (Utah) College as both teams had a strong defensive presence on Thursday, September 5.


The game started off steadily as both teams traded possessions of the ball. However, the Griffins were a bit more aggressive keeping the goalie, Jen Peters, on her toes. After a save from Peters the Lions wouldn’t attempt a shot on goal until the eighth minute. The Lions had two shots. One went wide while the other was saved by the Griffins goalkeeper. From this point the game would become steady again, but soon the Griffins would control the majority of the Poisson late in the first half.


At the thirty-fourth minute of the match, the Griffins had a breakaway, but were halted by Jen Peters diving catch within the box keeping the half scoreless. In that half the Griffins took fifteen shots with four of them being on goal while the Lions only had two of their three shots on goal.


Starting the second half both teams traded off shots on goal, which kept the goalkeepers on their toes.


Peters would go on to make more saves as she had a save in the sixtieth and sixty-fourth minute of the game. Neither side would let up on the defensive end as both teams had opportunities to score, but would come up short and fail to capitalize. The Griffins still had possession for the majority of the second half, which allowed Peters to gain two more saves, one outstanding fingertip save in the eighty-sixth minute and the other in the final seconds causing over-time.


Once the game carried on for over-time neither team had any momentum to make something happening, resulting in a draw. Peters ended the game with 10 total saves in her Lion debut and the Lions finished with nine shots. The Griffins had thirty-two shots in the game and controlled possession for more than half of the match.


Next Matchup

The Lions will have another away game as they head to Alva, Oklahoma to face Northwestern Oklahoma State on Monday, Sept 9. The game will begin at 6 p.m. at the Alva Recreation Complex.