Belles kick it up with four game win streak

Team breaks their first half blues against Midwestern

By Alana Edgin
On October 16, 2015

The year of the Ram and Rambelles continued in Wichita Falls on Oct. 9 with Rambelles’ soccer extending their winning streak against Midwestern State.

In the fourth straight win for the Belles, the team started and ended strong by destroying their first half blues to attack the MSU net.

The Belles’ first half was strong defensively and set MSU on edge, limiting the opposition to only two attempted shots in the first half. Neither of the MSU shots reached the net due to the Belles’ defense.

MSU fouled, allowing defender Shay Williams to have a free kick. Williams’s kick went straight past the defense to midfielder and forward Demi Tsambasis, who sent the ball sailing to the net for the first goal of the night and the last goal of the half. The score was 1-0, ASU on top.

MSU reorganized their defensive and offensive strategies for the second half, firing off four shots, with only two reaching the net. While they may have upped their game, they were still no match for the Belles, who kept them off the board.

Goalkeeper Shantel Wittke saved the ball three times in the second half, including a crucial save that would have tied the game with three minutes left.

With the Belles still in the lead, and Wittke’s reflexes at the net, the team would have been able to win. But a score of 1-0 was not good enough for the Belles, and the offensive aimed for more.

One minute left in the game. Forward and midfielder Sierra Anderson shot, but was blocked. The ball went to Tsambasis, who shot and scored again. The Belles held off MSU for the last minute of game time and secured a win with a score of 2-0, making MSU the victim of their seventh shutout and fourth straight win.

Statistic leaders for this game were Tsambasis with two goals, Anderson with four shots and Wittke with three saves.

This game puts Tsambasis in a third place tie with teammate midfielder Haley Mendel for most goals in the season in the Lone Star Conference with six goals. Anderson is ranked fifth in the LSC for most assists with five assists for the season.

The Belles are currently ranked as the No. 5 team in the LSC and have a 4-1-0 record for conference. Their overall record for the season is 10-1-1.

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