LAKE CHARLES, La. - Add ending extensive winning streaks to the growing list of things the Sam Houston State soccer squad has accomplished this season.
The Bearkats scored three goals by senior Katy Johnson, junior Sammi Mayock and freshman Kalynn Bickford in a span of 10 minutes to upset Southland Conference-leading McNeese 3-2 at Cowgirl Field Sunday afternoon. The victory snapped the Cowgirls’ seven-match winning streak and ended Sam Houston State’s two-match skid.
The Kats (5-7-1 overall, 3-2-1 in SLC) once again rallied from behind after McNeese (9-4-0, 5-1-0) scored a goal right before the end of the first half and again six minutes into the second to go up 2-0.
The tide of the match quickly turned in Sam Houston State’s favor after that.
Johnson scored her second goal of the season in the 66th minute off a penalty kick by punching the ball past Cowgirl goalkeeper Emma Roccaforte into the high right corner of the net.
That ignited the rally.
Mayock scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season two minutes later. Her shot was high in the center over the goalkeeper off an assist by freshman Caitlyn McDonald to tie the match.
In the meantime, Sam Houston State’s defense held and freshman goalkeeper Tatum Krueger did not allow another goal. She finished with eight saves.
Bickford sealed the victory with another game-winning goal in the 76th minute. Her shot was also high in the center of the net and reminiscent of her golden goal on a penalty kick in the conference opener against defending league champion Central Arkansas on Sept. 20 at Pritchett Field.
Sunday’s match was the fourth time the Bearkats have come from behind to win or tie a match. Sam Houston State was down one in the 2-1 victory over the Sugar Bears and a 2-1 win over Houston Baptist on Sept. 27. The Kats fought back to tie Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1-1 on Sept. 29.
The Bearkats return home to face Southeastern Louisiana Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Nicholls on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.