Belles score LSC Championship

Loss in double-overtime doesn’t faze multiple players of the year

By Chris Cole
On November 6, 2015

Contributed photo by Marsalis Mahome
Defender Shay Williams winds up to pass the ball over to her teammate during the game against
Texas A&M Commerce. Williams is a junior and an administrative education major.

Angelo State soccer claimed the championship title for the Lone Star Conference after defeating Texas Woman’s University on Oct. 20.

Not only are the Belles currently the LSC champions but they managed to win four Player of the Year awards.

After winning the title, the Belles were narrowly defeated by Texas A&M Commerce Lions on Nov. 1 during double overtime when the Lions scored the winning goal.

This puts ASU soccer 14-2-1 for the season and 8-2-0 in the LSC. A&M-Commerce now stands 11-5-2 for their overall season and 7-1-2 in the LSC. After setting a school record for eight consecutive shutout wins, Belles’ Head Coach Travis McCorkle remains undeterred and is new LSC Coach of the Year.

“I thought our passing was good, I thought our movement of the ball was really good, I thought the chances we created were good; but for us it came down to the execution, to finishing and getting that goal,” McCorkle said.

Midfielder and Offensive Player of the Year, Haley Mendel said that she was reminded that no team is going to give away the victory and they still have to work hard no matter what.

“Texas A&M-Commerce is a good team, everyone in the conference especially has been a challenge,” Mendel said. “We played well but we have to work on our shooting since we had 33 shots and only one go in.”

McCorkle said he thought the game could have been 3-0 with all of the shots that were over the goal. “The defense did very well winning headers for sure; we were on top of the ball,” LSC Defensive Player of the Year Ashley Exford said. “With what we’ve done in the past we thought we could come in here and put an end to it, but we’ve learned from this game and we’ll move on to the conference tournament and take it from there.”

McCorkle said he was pleased with the team’s defense.

“We won most of our headers, but we made the one mistake for the goal that ties the game, then the second one wasn’t really a mistake. It’s just a physical mosh pit in there and they got a toe and poked it in,” McCorkle said. “The rest of the season we’ve gotten a toe to it and poked it out. So hopefully we can learn from it and move forward and win next week.”

This is McCorkle’s third straight Coach of the Year award and the programs second year straight with an LSC Offensive Player of the Year. Goalkeeper Shantel Wittke is the first in LSC history to win Goalkeeper of the Year back to back years. Midfielder Demi Tsambasis became the first ASU player to win Newcomer of the Year.

ASU began hosting the tournament this week which began on Thursday Nov. 5.

The Rambelles will take on the winner of the WTAMU and MSU match on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinal at the ASU soccer fields.

“I’m nervous about next week, but it’s a good nervous,” Exford said. “We’re really excited and pumped up just knowing that it’s going to be here at ASU with all our fans back here because they give us great support and they’re really loud.

Contributed photos by Marsalis Mahome
Midfielder Selena Alvarez lunges towards the ball

Belles celebrate Haley Mendel’s goal. The Belles currently sit No. 1 in the South Central Region of the NCAA.


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