The Bear’s viciously mauled the Panthers of Prairie View A&M in soccer with a complete shutout victory of 4-0 on Friday, with one of the goals being from a penalty kick caused by the Panther’s goalie.
Coach Tina Bodham said, “Everyone is excited about this victory.”
The first half of the gamewas uneventful with the score at half time at 0-0.
As soon as the next half began, within three minutes of starting, senior Randi Condley scored the first goal of the game.
Condley is currently ranked fifth in Bear history with 114 shots and 52 shots on goal. She received honorable mention in the 2009 All-Southland Conference.
Following her goal, within 10 minutes, the Bears scored again. This time, Condley ended up assisting freshman Kristin Pollard, who got a header in over the goalie.
Pollard played for Broken Arrow High School before coming to UCA. She received All-State honorable mention there and was also the leading goal scorer. This was Pollard’s first collegiate goal.
With 15:43 left on the clock, senior midfielder Allyson Campbell scored the third goal.
This is the second year Campbell has started as a midfielder for the Bears. She has started in 27 games.
With only 3:36 minutes left on the clock Bears freshman Callie Bishop made a run at the goal. She made the shot, but the Panther’s freshman goalkeeper Valerie Villalobos managed to block it. Both of the players fell to the ground and ball was no longer in Villalobos’ possession.
As Bishop was trying to stand up in order to finalize the goal, Villalobos reached out and grabbed her foot and held her down.
The referee saw this happen and gave Villalobos a yellow card.
Senior Aly Murray took the penalty kick and scored the last goal of the game.
It was Murray’s first goal of the year.
“I was going to the goal, one on one with their goalie, when I shot and fell. She grabbed my foot and held me so I couldn’t get back up,” Bishop said.
In high school, Bishop played for Midlothain High School in Texas. Midlothain is a four-time district champion school in women’s soccer. She has made it to the semi-finals and quarter-finals twice.
Villalobos is a freshman at Prairie View A&M and has received district 6-5A honorable mentions.
Bodham said: “In the first half, I think we did the right things except for the final shots. In the second half, the flood gates opened and we finally came together as a team.”
She said this year the team is very young.
“We have 12 new freshmen on the team. We are going to be working with them and get them up to speed with everyone else,” Bodham said.
Bishop said: “I think we worked well as a team. Hopefully, this is the start of our winning streak.”
The Bear Den was at the soccer game giving out free body paintings, hot dogs, hamburgers, water and cookies.