Belles secure Lone Star Conference wins

Junior forward ranked second in LSC in goals scored with total of six

By Rosanna Aguilera
On September 28, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Avery McNeme, sophomore, rushes downfield, fighting to keep control of the ball. McNeme had one assist against UT Permian Basin.

The Belles soccer team won its first two Lone Star Conference wins on their home turf on Sept. 19 and 21.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, The Belles defeated UT Permian Basin 5-1.

After this win, the Belles have a record of 3-3-1.

ASU scored their first goal less than two minutes into the game.

Sophomore Avery McNeme took the ball wide of the penalty area and crossed it into the box where she found junior Trenadey Scott, who shot it into the back of the net.

This was McNeme’s second assist of the year, putting her second on the team in assists. For Scott, the goal was her fourth of the season, putting her in the team lead in goals scored.

The Falcons scored a few minutes later, but this was their only goal in the game.

The Belles only held the tie for nine minutes before senior Cassandra Moosburger scored on an assist from senior Analise Watson.

This goal tied Scott and Moosburger for the team lead in goals and put Watson in the team lead with a total of three assists.

In the second half, McNeme got some shots; one was too high, and one was saved by the Permian Basin goalkeeper.

Scott scored the next goal for the Belles with an assist from Moosburger, moving the lead to 3-1.

A minute later, senior Megan Allen had the ball and saw junior Ally Warren in the penalty area. Allen passed it to Warren, who scored the Belles’ next goal.

Watson got the ball in the net for the team’s fifth and final goal of the night.

The goal marked the first time since Sept. 20, 2015, that ASU scored five or more goals in one game. The 2015 game was also against the Falcons, when ASU scored nine times.

"At halftime, we said we wanted to get a shutout in the second half and we wanted to put the foot on the gas and move forward," Head Coach Travis McCorkle said. "Obviously they were able; they stepped up and took that challenge, which was really exciting to see."

The Belles’ defense shut-out UTPB.

Freshman goalkeeper Kira Miller had four saves on the night in her seventh start of the year.

In Saturday’s game on Sept. 21, the Belles beat Midwestern State University 2-1.

This win moved the Belles above .500 for the season and moved their record up to 4-3-1 with two LSC wins.

The Mustangs scored first, giving the opposing team an early lead.

However, McNeme made a pass to Scott, who scored the Belles’ first goal.

This was Scott’s sixth goal of the season. She leads her team in goals and is in second place in the LSC.

In the second half, McNeme got another assist by passing to Moosburger, who found the back of the net to give ASU the lead and finish the game.

The team will be on the road on Sept. 28 and 30 but will be back at the ASU soccer field on Oct. 5, 7, 12 and 14.

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