FIRST HALF BARRAGE PACES LION TO 3-0 VICTORY OVER LADY BUFFS
A&M-Commerce 3, West Texas A&M 0
Location: The Pitch * Canyon, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (7-5-2,5-3-2 LSC); West Texas A&M (6-6-1, 3-5-1 LSC)
Up Next: at Eastern New Mexico * Sunday, Oct. 16 * Noon * Portales, N.M.
CANYON, Texas – A&M-Commerce found the back of the net three times in the first half, then let its defense close out the match, handing West Texas A&M a 3-0 defeat at The Pitch in Canyon Friday night. The Lions improved to 7-5-2 overall and 5-3-2 in Lone Star Conference play and extended their winning streak to three games, outscoring opponents 11-1 during the run.
After defeating West Texas A&M 3-2 in Commerce on Sept. 16, A&M-Commerce made the trek to Canyon looking for the season sweep of the Lady Buffs, and the Lions didn't have to wait long to land the first blow. Senior Jordan McCarty netted her third of the season in the 22 nd minute, putting A&M-Commerce up 1-0.
Less than 10 minutes later, freshman Jade Bell pushed the lead to 2-0, registering her seventh goal of the season in the 31 st minute. Then it was sophomore Brionna Minde, the LSC's reigning Offensive Player of the Week, adding another goal just before the end of the first half, giving A&M-Commerce a commanding 3-0 lead at intermission.
The A&M-Commerce defense then took over for the final 45 minutes, holding West Texas to no goals on five second half shots. Senior Randi Hafele, the LSC's Goalkeeper of the Week, made five saves to shut out West Texas A&M, her second consecutive shutout and third of the season.
With the victory, A&M-Commerce remained in sole possession of second place in the Lone Star Conference standings with 17 points (5-3-2), leading third-place Midwestern State by one point.
The Lions now travel to Portales, N.M. to face Eastern New Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 16. The Lions and Zias battled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 18 in Commerce as Eastern New Mexico currently sits in fifth in the conference standings with 12 points (3-3-3). Opening kick is set for noon.