Corpus Christi, Texas – Seeking its first Southland Conference Tournament berth in school history, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team faces a pivotal two-game homestand this weekend. On Friday, the Islanders play Lamar at 7 p.m. The game will be presented by Massage Envy. Seventh-place McNeese State will come to Coastal Bend on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The Islanders bounced back from a loss on Friday to Northwestern State with a 2-1 victory against Central Arkansas on Sunday. Kristin Kelley beat the Bears goalkeeper with a shot from 35-yards out to win the game for A&M-Corpus Christi in the 89th minute.
"I don't think we played badly on Friday night," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "Northwestern played a great game and everything bounced their way. Going into Sunday, we had the legs and the energy, and it was just a matter of the team staying focused throughout the match. I thought we had a better second half on Sunday than the first half.
"We're not focusing on the standings. We're going out on Friday to play. It will be a great weekend, rain or shine. It will be our last two home games of the season. We're just embracing the hard work that we've put in and taking it one game at a time, so we'll be ready for Lamar on Friday."
Noting the Islanders
- Heading into the weekend, the Islanders are in a tie for fifth place in the Southland Conference standings with Central Arkansas at 3-4-1, and just one point ahead of McNeese State. A&M-Corpus Christi holds tiebreaker over the Bears. Abilene Christian enters the weekend in second place, but the Wildcats are ineligible for postseason play until the 2017-18 season.
- Hailey Sutton leads the Islanders in scoring this season with three goals. The Red Oak, Texas, native will reach five career goals with her next score, and needs two goals to move to second on the all-time scoring list.
- Goalkeeper Megan Delaney sits second in the Southland Conference in total saves with 95 and saves per game with 6.79, which ranks 17th and 12th in the nation, respectively.
On Sunday, the Islanders will honor the four senior members of the 2015 team. Sutton, Jessica Berdan, Kallyn Redona and Amanda Ramirez will be recognized for their contributions to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer program.
The 2015 senior class of the Islanders Soccer team has been with the program since the beginning. Together, they have amassed 105 starts, six goals, six assists and fifty-six shots, with thirty-seven shots on goal, for a 66-percent shots on target percentage.
Friday vs. Lamar
- The Cardinals from Beaumont, are fighting to keep their hopes for a spot in the conference tournament alive, as they are in ninth place at 2-5-1 in conference play, 5-10-1 overall this season.
- A&M-Corpus Christi will focus on shutting down leading scorer Jordan Mulnix and the Lamar offense that leads the conference in goals and points.
- Defensively, the Islanders will have plenty of chances to create scoring opportunities. The Cardinals are averaging 2.32 goals against per game, while the goalkeepers are making 8.12 saves per game.
- The series is tied 1-1, after the Islanders thumped the Cardinals 4-0 last year with goals from Yvette Franco, Sutton, Bri Lugo and Alyssa Miller coming in the second half.
Sunday vs. McNeese State
- The Cowgirls are 6-8 this season, 3-5 in the Southland Conference play, following a double-overtime loss to Abilene Christian last Sunday.
- Gabi D'Alesandro leads McNeese State in scoring with 10 points this season, while four players are tied in goals scored with three.
- The Islanders and Cowgirls are tied at 1-1 in the series history. A&M-Corpus Christi picked up its first overtime victory in program history in 2013 against the Cowgirls with a 1-0 win four minutes into extra time.
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