The women’s soccer team earned its first conference win Sunday in exciting fashion on a goal by junior Kristin Pollard in the 109th minute.
The Bears (9-4-1, 1-2-1 SLC) struggled to get anything in the goal, having seven shots on goal out of 18 on the day. McNeese State (7-6-2, 2-2-0) placed five shots on goal, out of 10 total.
The Bears lost to the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks Friday in a twice-delayed game.
After two 30-minute weather delays, the Bears fell, 1-0.
With just seven minutes of the first half being played, head referee Jerome Schoch called the first delay of the game due to distant lightning. The teams headed for shelter as rain became heavier and rode out the storm.
Thirty minutes later, the teams took the field again, but the play was short lived. Only four minutes were played before lightning struck close enough to call a second delay.
After the second 30 minutes, the game continued for good. The Ladyjacks dominated possession in the first half, keeping UCA on their heels for a great part of the game. Neither team was able to get on the board as the game went into halftime 0-0.
Both teams came into the second half playing fast paced and attacking the ball. The Bears were able to get some quality runs to the goal, but didn’t get the shot off that they needed.
In the 67th minute, the Ladyjacks tallied the only goal of the match off a free kick.
Stephen F. Austin senior forward Becky Johnson struck home a free kick from over 30 yards out, placing it just past the outstretched hands of UCA senior goalkeeper Kelsey Gochnauer, bringing the score to 1-0.
After the goal, darkness became more of a factor. Stephen F. Austin coach Tony Amato began pleading to the officiating crew that his team was unable to see the ball. It didn’t take long for Schoch to agree with Amato, calling the game in the 77th minute to hand the Bears their second home loss of the season.
UCA coach Jeremy Bishop was proud of the defensive effort his team made against one of the strongest teams they’ve played.
“We tried to keep the space tight out there and were pretty effective with it,” Bishop said. “They’ve scored a lot of goals this season in a very tough schedule, so to keep them out of the net through that run of play was definitely a positive.”