Soccer scores win on Highlands

Belles begin first half with rapid fire goals

By Mary Brown
On September 15, 2016

Photo by Josh Lopez
Junior defender Callie Smith races through the field in the game against New Mexico Highlands. 

ASU Rambelles defeated the New Mexico Highland Cowgirls on Sept. 11, winning 2-0 and playing with such superiority.

The Belles never gave up and took their opportunities to defend with might. Belles dominated in the first half and scored the two goals in a team effort.

Creating a plentiful supply of goal-scoring opportunities, the forwards understood each other, ensuring success going forward.

“I thought they played well today obviously, scoring a goal in the first few seconds of the game is great,” Head Coach Travis McCorkle said. “Loni Byers had a hand in both goals and took some pressure off the team.”

We talked a lot about our set pieces over the last few days. When I saw our goal-keeper warm up I thought we could take advantage of her position.” 

We had free kicks and I told them, you guys need to make runs in to the penalty area. Sammy Cude’s last save was a really aggressive play.”

The Belles prevented the Cowgirls from scoring for the third time in four games.

Loni Byers and Demi Tsambasis led the team by securing goals and tied with five shots each.  Byer made the first goal 51 seconds in to the game. Demi Tsambasis made the second goal less than eight minutes later assisted by Loni Byers and Tiffany Dang.

“I think overall our team did well in Sunday’s match,” midfield/forward Demi Tsambasis said. “A highlight of our performance was that we were able to get two early goals and sustain the shutout for the rest of the game.”

Our defense has been doing an amazing job these last couple of games at securing shutouts for our team. Although our offense did secure a lead with two early goals, we could not find the back of the net for the rest of the game, which is definitely something we need to work on.”

There are always improvements to make and we are always trying to make ourselves better. I’m confident that we will continue to grow as a team as the season carries on.”

When the Belles played the second half of the game, the experience was not as good. The Belles took 11 shots at the goal.

 Laja Pujades, Lauren Perry, Tiffany Dang and Megan Allen took one.

Morgan Sibson took four, Ally Warren and Trenadey Scott took three, Cynthia Andrews took two and all missed their mark. The Cowgirls took seven shots total.

 Freshman goalkeeper Sammy Cude’s brilliance saved the Belles from an absolutely dire second-half. Defender Lauren Perry commanded the field when she entered the game. She maneuvered some of her teammates back in to their positions. The Belles and Highland audience saw a strong ASU team.

  “I believe the team played very well. We worked hard as a team and not only was the field hyped up,” Cude said. “The players that were on the sidelines raised the intensity level with direction and encouragement. In the next upcoming games, I hope to have better technique on my goal kicks to get them a little bit higher, enabling us to counter attack more quickly.”

The first goal was made just seconds after the game started. The Belles are undefeated for the season (3-0-1).

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