HUNTSVILLE – Despite a slew of early opportunities, Sam Houston State could not capitalize, dropping the weekend finale, 1-0, to Houston Baptist on Sunday afternoon at Pritchett Field.
The Huskies’ Ellee Hall scored the lone goal of the match, coming through in the 55th minute for her team-leading fifth netter. The loss drops Sam Houston to 4-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in Southland Conference action. The Kats close the four-match homestand at 2-2.
The Bearkats dominated statistically, registering 21 shots to the Huskies’ 8 including 9-4 on the net. Carlota Suarez Crespo, who had a break away moments in, led the squad with five shots including two on the net.
Anna Kaiser notched three saves in her first loss of the season while the Huskies’ Alanis Guevara posted the clean sheet in the win for HBU (3-4-1, 2-1-0).
Sam Houston put forth some strong chances early on despite not coming away with the goal on either possession. In the second minute, Suarez Crespo stole the ball and raced towards the net but HBU goalkeeper Alanis Guevara made an attacking save.
In the eighth minute, Courtney Pawlik slipped open through the defense but her shot sailed high. Crespo nearly put Sam Houston the board again in the 11th minute, rifling a shot that saw Gueva forced to make a leaping stop as the ball bounced off the keeper’s reaching hands.
The Kats remained aggressive on the attack, registering 13 total shots including six on goal in the opening half but could not find the net as the match remained scoreless at the half. Crespo posted a match-leading three shots including two on goal while Kaiser needed just two saves as part of four HBU shots.
The Huskies opened the second half strong after registering just two shots on goal in the opening frame. HBU controlled most of the early possession in Sam Houston territory, logging a corner less than a minute in along with a pair of shots.
The visitors were finally able to break through in the 55th minute as Ellee Hall broke through the defense following a misplayed header for a one-on-one chance, slipping the ball by Kaiser into the back of the net. It marked her fifth of the season, matching Suarez Crespo for the Southland lead.
Head coach Tom Brown on the loss…
“First we had some great chances. Carlota had a great chance and Mac had a great chance but we didn’t take care of it. The game could have been dusted at that point and we were not focused. Players are fatigued and we tried to sub a lot more. HBU created an opportunity and was able to finish it but we never did today.”
Head coach Tom Brown on the difference in the second half…
“I thought they really tried to win balls and we were just standing around. And when we had opportunities to get players in the box, we weren’t getting players in the box. We were just making bad decisions all over the place and we were out of the game plan. And from that standpoint we don’t deserve to win.”