Sun, Sep. 2, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
BATESVILLE, Ark. - Lyon College came out aggressive in its first match the home turf of J. Marshall Huser Field Sunday afternoon as the Scots outshot NCAA Division I University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 32-11, to cruise to a 2-0 blanking of the Lady Lions in the final game of the Lyon College Tournament.
The Scots controlled the tempo all the way, despite the low score. Lyon led 1-0 at the half on a goal by sophomore Chandler Rae
(Harrison, Ark.) just 1:57 into the contest. Rae would finish the day with both Lyon College goals. LC held the upper hand of 17-5 shooting in the first half as UAPB goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs was forced to record 10 saves in the first half and 16 for the game.
Lyon freshman Hannah Osmon
(Mountain Home, Ark.) sliced a pass deep down the middle between a pair of Lady Lion defenders and found Rae, who beat Cobbs for the early goal.
"Our goal was to come out early and try to put the game away as soon as possible," said Lyon head coach Ben Parman
. "UAPB is one of those teams that you don't want to let hang around because they have some pretty strong athletes and just struggle with numbers.
"I was happy to see Chandler put away the first goal early. She has been working extremely hard and those two goals today really helped her confidence."
Although the Scots attempted 16 more shots before the break, they couldn't get any of them past the UAPB keeper.
Despite the fact that Lyon College (1-1-1) controlled the ball for the most part all afternoon long, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-6) was still in the contest until the 73:56 mark when Scots freshman Maria Monterroso (Guatemala City, Guatemala) hit Rae with a 12-yard crossing pass from the right of the goal and Rae found the back of the net from 14 yards out.
That seemed to take the breath out of the Lady Lions as the Scots were able to run out the clock.
"We created a lot of chances, but I felt we took a lot of unnecessary shots," Parman added. "Our shot selection is something we need to improve, but we used some different combination in our midfield positions and were able improve our speed of play.
"Defensively, it was important for the girls to get the victory. I thought the backline and Stephanie did a great job of keeping them from scoring."
Lion College finished with 20 shots on goal, while UAPB had just five. Scots freshman Shelby Frazier
(Mountain Home, Ark.) and Osmon both had eight shots each to lead LC. Rae posted four shots on-goal, Monterroso added four shots, including three on-goal, while Kyleigh Easter
(Haslet, Tex.) and Monica Ayala
Martinez (Bogota, Columbia) added two shots apiece.
Scots keeper Stephanie Spiteri
(Hayward, Calif.) turned back five shots on the day to record the shutout.
Lyon College will be on the road for its next two matches. The Scots will travel to Siloam Springs on Wednesday to face John Brown University in a 3 p.m. start. LC will then play at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Okla. On Saturday in a 10 a.m. start. The next home action for the Scots will be Sept. 15 against Texas College (12 p.m.) on Parent's Weekend.