Women’s soccer snaps four-game losing streak, goes 1-1 on weekend
The University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team stopped a four-game winless streak, splitting two weekend games.
The Bears beat the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks 6-2 on Sept. 20 at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex and fell to the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs on Sept. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Louisiana-Monroe (4-5-1) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when freshman midfielder Amanda Borstelmann connected on a corner kick from freshman midfielder Kylie Kokowski.
Central Arkansas tied the game before halftime when freshman forward Shelby Wilson scored from 30 yards out to even the score at 1-1 at the half.
Louisiana-Monroe went back ahead in the 49th minute as sophomore midfielder Mariah Mitchell netted a goal on another corner from Kokowski.
Freshman forward Kate Koch quickly tied the game 2-2 for the Bears in the 53rd minute on an assist from Wilson.
The Bears grabbed their first lead of the game in the 59th minute when senior forward Adriana Lucar scored on a breakaway with an assist from junior midfielder Brooke Ballard.
The Bears scored three more goals in the match. Ballard (69th minute) and Wilson (71st minute) scored within two minutes of each other while freshman forward Chele Naudin scored her first career goal to close the game in the 89th minute.
Hodgson said the game plan was carried out to perfection.
“Everything we worked on in practice this week was executed and shown against Louisiana-Monroe,” Hodgson said. “We were tying in double overtimes against teams we could have beat and losing games we mostly controlled so it was good to come out with a big win and score a lot of goals. We really needed to come out of that game with a win to gain confidence before playing TCU and starting conference.”
UCA Head Coach Jeremy Bishop said he was happy with the offensive effort from the weekend but said defending corner kicks hurt the Bears.
“On the positive side, we did a pretty good job of playing quick and holding possession,” Bishop said. “We waited for opportunities to score and you always want to see that. However, we have to do a better job of defending corner kicks. I think ever goal we gave up this week was a corner, so we need to clean that up.”
Head Coach Bishop spoke highly of TCU and said the game will help UCA in the long run.
“TCU’s a great team,” Bishop said. “They played in the Big 12 Conference Championship last year so hopefully for us, the experience will help us play faster and become more aware of the need to play physical. Also, it lets us know there’s a higher level we can reach, and it will help recruiting.”
The Bears used two goalkeepers, with sophomore Hayley Romero played the first half and senior Lyndzey Goff played the second half.
Romero made one save and allowed one goal while Goff made two saves and allowed one goal.
Louisiana-Monroe freshman goalkeeper Holly Mallinson made four saves while allowing two goals in 55 minutes.
Freshman Katherine Werther finished the game in net allowing four goals and making two saves.
Central Arkansas (3-3-2) lost to TCU 3-0 on Sunday.
The Horned Frogs (4-4-2) were led by freshman forward Michelle Prokof’s hat trick.
Prokof scored in the 24th and 25th minutes to give TCU a 2-0 lead at halftime. Prokof added her third goal of the game in the 53rd minute.
UCA shot seven times with three on goal but was unable to net a ball.
Central Arkansas will return to the field when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Bears’ first conference game of the year.