The winning streak continues

Rambelles defense prevents West Texas A&M from scoring

By Mingu Le
On October 31, 2014

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Caitlyn Conaway uses a swift move to create
separation from an Eastern New Mexico player.


The Rambelles proved that their skills surpass those of West Texas A&M after beating them 3-0 on Oct. 26.

Sierra Anderson rocketed two goals that broke WT. This allowed for her tenth goal of the season and ranks her No.1 on the team for goals.

The Rambelles continued on their two game winning streak, leaving their record at 12-3-1 for the season and 4-3-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Even though no one scored the first half, the Belles changed the tide of the game, pushing up the WT’s defensive line.

Four minutes into the first half, Haley Mandel, No. 10, crossed the ball in the box, and Cynthia Andrews, No. 25, took a shot that went slightly wide from the post.

Three minutes later, Anderson rushed into the box dribbling the ball passed Brianne Brown, No. 23, but her shot ricocheted off of the post.

In addition, a position shift of Andrews and Mendel in the midfielder line created a hole in WT’s midfielder line, and the midfielders became the main contributors to the Belle’s victory.

Andrews and Mendel usually play as side offenders; however, for this game, they were assigned to be midfielders.

In minute 51 of the second half, Andrews made an unbelievable pass to Anderson from the half line, penetrating the defensive line of WT, and Anderson succeeded in making the first goal, beating out one defender, in a low corner of the post.

“I have been working on getting the ball, turning and beating one player,” Anderson said. “I was confident in myself enough to get the goal.”

Mendel also contributed to the win of the Belles, making one assist and a penalty kick.

In minute 87 of the second half, WT’s defender marked against Mendel, preventing her from going forward.

However, Mendel didn’t yield to the fight, beating out the defender by dribbling the ball to the right side of the box, crossing the ball in the box and allowing Anderson to make the second goal of the game.

“It was so happy and it was the greatest moment ever, I just started crying,” Mendel said. Two minutes after the assist, Mendel induced a penalty kick from a holding violation of WT defender, and Elizabeth Rodriguez made the kick perfectly by faking out the goal keeper and moving opposite from the ball. The Rambelles head to Wichita Falls Friday, Oct. 31, to face Midwestern State University.

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