Throughout the summer, the Islanders will be counting down the top moments of the 2015-16 season with a new addition released every Thursday. Be sure to check out GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate the memorable Texas A&M-Corpus Christi athletics moments during the past year.
#8 – Soccer Tops Southeastern Louisiana to Spark Tournament Run
The 2015 season was the culmination of three tireless years of hard work for head coach Shanna Caldwell and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi soccer team. Reaching unparalleled heights, the Islanders set the school record for wins in a season and made the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.
The Blue and Green struggled out of the gate, taking just a single point in their first four conference games with a 1-1 tie at Abilene Christian. The turning point in the season, however, came on Oct. 4 against eventual Southland Champion Southeastern Louisiana.
The Lady Lions arrived to the Coastal Bend with a 8-2-1 record and were 3-1 in conference play. After an uneventful first half, the Islanders fell behind on a penalty kick in the 51st minute.
A pair of seniors combined to level the match five minutes later though. Jessica Berdan played Hailey Sutton into open space with a long pass, before the Red Oak, Texas, native sent a curling shot over the outstretched arm of Lady Lions All-American goalkeeper Hope Sabadash.
The Islanders finally took the lead in the 77th minute, when Meghan Cordero sent a superb corner into the box for freshman Tatum Printy to head home. A key defensive stand in the waning minutes of the game secured the Blue and Green's first win of the season.
Motivated by knocking off the eventual conference champions, the Islanders rolled off a stretch of four wins out of their next five games. A&M-Corpus Christi earned a place in the conference tournament in Conway, Ark., where Sutton became the first player in program history to be named to the Southland Conference All-Tournament Team.