Lions trot past the Mustangs; fall short against Oklahoma Christian prior to Lone Star Conference Tournament


Photo Credit | Joseph Miller

Kara Blasingame takes a shot at the goal

Arrion Ellis, Sports Writer

By: Arrion Ellis | Sports Writer

The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team split another series of games this past weekend. The Lions beat Midwestern State 1-0 but fell short to Oklahoma Christian 0-1 as the regular season has now come to a close. 

The Lions finished the season with a record of 10-7-1 and a conference record of 7-6. They still hold the seventh seed in the Lone Star Conference and are looking forward to playing St. Edwards in their first matchup in the LSC tournament. 

Because the Lions hold the seventh seed, they can’t afford to lose anymore. The LSC tournament is a single-game elimination for the Lions and St. Edwards, which holds the second seed won’t be an easy matchup.

Based off of history with St. Edwards, the Lions have an 7-8 recorded against them with an 0-1 loss earlier in the season. 

Against Midwestern State the Lions played a steady game throughout the entire match. They didn’t really show dominance, but did enough to win the game. 

On the only goal that was scored late in the first half, the Lions capitalized, as a long free kick from near the sideline by Cora Welch was blasted toward the goal. The ball found the head of Katie Givens, who directed the ball into the net with six seconds remaining to send the Lions into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

With the lead, the Lions kept MSU from scoring and closed out the game. 

Against Oklahoma Christian the Lions showed how consistent their season has gone. The Lions could not seem to get it together in another steady match. 

The Lions had a few chances from Leslie Campuzano, but she could not get the ball past the goalkeeper. The Lions really struggled with execution and eventually that brought on frustration that prevented them to get into a groove. Due to the lack of communication, the Lions allowed a goal in the 56th minute of the match and did not have a response for it.

Even though the Lions had a decent performance last weekend they had some great take aways. A&M-Commerce defender and midfielder Welch was named the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer Defensive Player of the week. It was announced by the conference office on Nov. 5 and it is the first Player of the Week award of her career.  

Campuzano was also named Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week. In the Lions’ 4-0 win over St. Mary’s, she had three shots on goal and also assisted on a pair of goals for the Lions.

Next Matchup

Starting the LSC tournament the Lions will have an away game against the 2nd seeded St. Edwards Hilltoppers on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m on Lewis-Chen Family Field.