- By Cheval John
Reporter, Vallano Media
Sam Houston Bearkat soccer team got a much needed boost with a 2-0 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders in Huntsville, TX.
The Bearkats rebounded from a tough loss to Oral Roberts in double overtime last Sunday afternoon.
Sam Houston's (5-4 Southland Conference play, 7-8-1 overall) offense were in attack mode from the start of the game to the end as they had 23 total shots with six on goal.
"I thought we did a good job today," Bearkat coach Tom Brown said. "We moved it around quite a bit. I thought we created some good chances."
Tricia Mallory, the lone senior on the team, had the highlight of the game when in the 17th minute, she received a pass from Ashley Flutie in the box and with one touch, she turned to her right and volleyed the ball 22 yards out past goal keeper Audrey Baldwin for a 1-0 lead.
"I just saw (Ashley) Flutie crossing it in," Mallory said. "It just came to me and I thought, 'Just shoot it, why not?' So I did and luckily it went it."
Coach Brown seemed very enthusiastic about the goal from Mallory.
"That was a great goal she (Tricia Mallory) scored," Brown said. "To be able to hit that ball on the volley and get it to dip over the goalkeeper is not an easy skill. I thought she did a great job."
The Islanders (1-8 Southland Conference, 2-13 overall) couldn't generate anything and didn't had a shot at all in the game.
Sam Houston was able to get that second goal in the 74th minute when Mariah Titus shot it in off the crossbar from 8 yards to give them a 2-0 lead.
Coach Brown was pleased with the effort that his team displayed and is hoping that they can continue that moment going into Sunday's matchup against Southeastern Louisiana in their final home game of the season.