HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State soccer team (1-5-1) posted a solid first half, but a Trojan goal early in the second half led to the Bearkats 1-0 loss to Little Rock, Sunday afternoon at Pritchett Field.  

Senior goalkeeper Christina Hendershot held the Trojans silent in the first half and tallied four saves in the opening 45 minutes. In the 12th minute, junior Taylor Pritchard registered the Bearkats’ first shot of the match but her 20-yard shot sailed wide left of the goal.

Following up in the 18th minute, freshman Danielle Forsyth unleashed a shot from 35 yards out, but her attempt fell straight into the hands of Little Rock goalkeeper Sara Johannsdottir.

Sam Houston found more scoring opportunities in the first half as they had three corner chances. Carly English and Courtney Pawlik each fired off attempts and Carlota Suarez Crespo tried to get the Kats on the board with a header in the 36th minute. Her attempt sailed just high of the crossbar and both teams entered halftime scoreless.

Ten minutes into the second half, SHSU committed a foul near midfield that gave Little Rock a free kick opportunity. Morgan Smocovich sent the ball into the box to Doro Greulich who then flicked the pass further into the box. Little Rock's Jaclyn Purvine snuck into the box and kicked the ball by Hendershot to give the Trojans the only goal of the match.

SHSU tried to answer back with shots from nine different Kats, but none of their attempts found their way into the back of the net. Hendershot, who picked up one more save in the second half, was dealt the loss and the Bearkats fell to 1-5-1 on the season. Pritchard led the squad with three shots while she, Forsyth and Grace Stine all recorded one shot on goal.

Coming Up Next

The Bearkats open up Southland Conference play at Central Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 14. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State soccer team, visit or follow @BearkatsSOC on Twitter.