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The SHSU offense was slow to start the first half as only four Kats were able to record shots. Junior Taylor Pritchard kicked things off for the squad and tallied SHSU’s first shot of the match in the 12th minute. Micaela Birt and Carlota Suarez Crespo followed with one shot-on-goal apiece, but both attempts fell into the hands of Islander goalkeeper Kyleigh Hall.
Senior goalkeeper Christina Hendershot was solid in the opening 45 minutes and raked in four saves to hold the match at 0-0.
Returning from halftime, the Kats registered two shots in the first five minutes. One of the Kats’ major scoring opportunities came in the 84th minute when SHSU lined up for a corner kick. After Courtney Pawlik sent in the ball, Grace Stine came streaking through the box, but her shot was picked up by Hall.
Hendershot kept the Islanders at bay and picked up two more saves in the second half to force
Senior Meredith Carlson was the first to fire a shot in extra minutes but it flew straight into the hands of Hall. Her shot in the 90th minute would be the only attempt on-goal the Kats would record in overtime. The two teams went back-and-forth until the Islanders set up for a corner kick with 30 seconds on the clock. After the ball was sent in, Urbanus sunk the game-winning header with 10 seconds remaining in the period to close out the match.
With the 1-0 loss, SHSU fell to 0-2 in Southland Conference play and 1-7-1 overall. Hendershot, who also dropped to 1-7-1, finished the night with six saves.
Coming Up Next
The Kats return to the pitch on Sunday, Sept. 23 for a 7 p.m. contest at Houston Baptist. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for the match. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State soccer team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsSOC on Twitter.