Scorpions Blank HTU, 7-0, Advance to RRAC Tourney Semifinals
|Scorpions Jessica Herrera (23) tries to head ball|
Posted October 25, 2007
FORT WORTH -- The UTB/TSC women's soccer team advanced to the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals with a convincing 7-0 win over Huston-Tillotson University Thursday, October 25, at Martin Field on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University.
The Scorpions, the third-seeded team in the six-team tournament, advance to the semifinals against second-seeded and host TWU at 6 p.m. Friday, October 26.
UTB/TSC is now 11-6 for the season. HTU finished its season at 2-8-1.
Scorpion head coach Nik Barjaktarevic kept the team focused against the Rams, despite two victories over HTU during the regular season.
"It was a good game for us, we had a lot of chances, and were able to produce the goals," Barjaktarevic said. "When you're in the playoffs, every game is win or go home, and we were focused."
The Scorpions took 34 shots compared to only six for HTU.
UTB/TSC scored in the 10th minute on a goal by Lena Candia with an assist by Mayra Solis, who had a cross pass from the right side.
Kristin Resing made it 2-0 on a header after a corner kick by Brittany Moseley in the 12th minute. Vanessa Gallegos made it 3-0 in the 40th minute on a follow-up shot by Lena Candia, who got credit for the assist together with Gallegos.
UTB/TSC led at halftime, 3-0.
Lena Candia had an unassisted goal in the 54th minute, and then Carling Roots scored with an assist by Lorinda Gomez in the 60th minute to make it 5-0.
Lauren Owens scored on an unassisted goal in the 83rd minute, and Anais Gonzalez scored the last goal with an assist by Laura Pina in the 86th minute.
Jessica Hamer a played the first 65 minutes as goalkeeper and had four saves. Aleisha Cassie played the final 25 minutes.
"Now our focus is on Texas Wesleyan," Barjaktarevic said. "We think we're ready for tomorrow."
TWU, 8-6-3 overall, finished second in the conference with a 5-1-1 record, one-half game ahead of the Scorpions. Barjaktarevic realizes the importance of Friday's game against the team of that beat them during the regular season, 2-1, on September 29 in Fort Worth.
"We're just glad to play them again and have another chance at them," Barjaktarevic said. "They are a really good team, and it's obviously going to be great game tomorrow."