LIONS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON HOSTING TEXAS WOMAN'S FRIDAY
A&M-Commerce (7-8-2; 5-4-2 in 2011) vs. Texas Woman's University (1-13-3; 1-11-1 in 2011)
Friday, October 28 • 7:00 PM
The Lion's Soccer Field • Commerce, Tx.
Recap of the Lions Games
The Lions had a tough homecoming weekend facing the top two teams in the conference. They first met Midwestern State whom they had previously lost to 4-1. The Lions battled the entire game keeping it close until they gave up a goal in the last 5 minutes off a deflection. That was all the Mustangs needed for their 1-0 victory. The Lions then had to host powerhouse Abilene Christian who has yet to lose this season. Statistically the Lions were putting the pressure on the Wild Cats all night, but a mental break down led to the Wild Cats first goal at the 50 minute mark. There was later a debatable Yellow Card that led to the Wild Cats penalty kick which sunk the Lions 2-0.
Friday marks the final home game for four Lion seniors who have each left their mark on the Lion program. Randi Hafele, Devon Herrman, Jordan McCarty and Evan Stanberry will each be recognized prior to the start of the match.
Sophomore forward Brionna Minde and Senior goal keeper Randi Hafele have been named players of the week. Minde earned her second Offensive Player of the week this season by notching four goals and an assist. Minde helped A&M-Commerce post a 2-0-1 mark last week. Minde had the best match of her Lion career against Angelo State Friday night, recording three goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-1 rout of the Rambelles. She added an insurance goal two days later in the 3-0 victory over Incarnate Word. For the season, Minde leads the team in goals (9) and points (19) while tallying the second-most assists (3) and game-winning goals (2).
Hafele picked up the first Conference Player of the Week award of her career after being solid in net for A&M-Commerce. She recorded 10 saves and allowed just two goals, both of which came off of penalty kicks, in 290 minutes of work. Hafele had five saves in the 1-1 tie against Texas Woman's and three against Incarnate Word, notching her second shutout of the season and helping the Lions snap a five-match losing skid against the Cardinals. Hafele has 78 saves on the year with just 24 goals allowed, a 1.78 goals against average, a .742 save percentage and two shutouts, playing every minute for A&M-Commerce.
Scouting the Pioneers
2011: 1-13-3 overall, 1-11-1 2011: Lone Star Conference (Currently in 8th place 2011)
Head Coach: Fleur Benatar (North Texas, 1999); Ninth season at Texas Woman's University (55-95-18, .380) Overall Record (55-95-18, .380).
- 21 Brittany Martin – Forward (Scored 5 goals and 1 assists this season)
- 10 Candice Davies – Forward (Scored 2 goals and 1 assist this season)
- 9 Madisen Burrows – Mid Fielder (Scored 2 goals and 1 assist this season)
- 1 Beatrice Soto – Goal Keeper (101 saves in 17 games)
Previous Game Results
The Lions faced off with the Pioneers back on October 5th, and walked away with a tie off a yellow card penalty kick. The Lions kept the ball on the Pioneers side of the field most of the day and controlled the game besides that one mental lapse. The Lions will be looking for a big win to close out their final home game.
Coaches Corner: Neil Piper
Coach Piper returns as the longest tenured head coach on the A&M-Commerce staff with an impressive 14 seasons with the Lions. Piper has amassed an overall record of 158-79-24, ranking him in the top-25 active coaches in Division II in both total wins and winning percentage (.651). Coach Piper has only had one losing season in his 13 seasons with the Lions, leading A&M-Commerce to three Lone Star Conference titles and four NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the Elite Eight in 1999 and 2008. Piper has coached 16 players that have earned 27 total first team all-Lone Star Conference awards to go along with 22 players who have earned All-Region honors and three All-Americans. Piper had success on the field as a player as well, attending Penn State and serving as a key member of the first Nittany Lion athletic team to capture a Big Ten title (1993). He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, being named to the 1993 All-Big Ten first team.
Lion's to watch:
- 12 Brionna Minde - Sophomore Forward (9 goals and has 5 assists)
- 21 Jade Bell - Freshman Forward (7 goals and notched 4 assists)
- 8 Jordan McCarty Mid Fielder (3 goals and 6 points)
- 10 Devon Herrman – Senior Mid Fielder (2 goal with 2 assist)
- 2 Evan Stanberry Defender (2 goals with 4 points)
- 1 Randi Hafele – Senior Goal Keeper (17 Games Played and has 86 saves)
The Lions await their Conference Tournament fate of who they will be playing. The Tournament will be in Abilene Christian, and it will begin on Wednesday, November 3rd to November 6th. The schedules will be posted Sunday, October 30th.