HOUSTON – Holding strong for 110 minutes, the Sam Houston State soccer team (1-7-2, 0-2-1 SLC) broke its seven-match losing streak thanks to a 1-1, double-overtime draw against Houston Baptist (4-5-1, 2-0-1) Sunday night at Clay Stadium.
Collecting her first goal of the season, senior Micaela Birt got the Kats on the board early in the 17th minute after she received a cross from freshman Grace Stine. Birt laced a header into the back of the net from the middle of the 18-yard box to give Sam Houston the 1-0 advantage.
Lindsey Bienski was the only other Kat to record a shot in the first half. In her first start in a Sam Houston uniform, newcomer Abby DeLozier (0-0-1) posted a clean sheet with one save in the first half. The Bearkats limited HBU to six shots in the opening 45 minutes.
Sam Houston came out aggressively to start the second half as Hannah Dupin and Bienski registered shots within first five minutes. Three Kats – Stine, Taylor Pritchard and Whitney Woodward – followed up with shots of their own, but an 18-yard Husky goal from Talin Rizo tied up the match in the 69th minute.
Carlota Suarez Crespo tried to respond with a shot on goal two minutes later but it fell right into the hands of HBU goalkeeper Alanis Guevara. Following the goal, DeLozier picked up three more saves and neither team was able to break the 1-1 deadlock – forcing the Kats’ fourth overtime match of the season.
DeLozier began overtime with her sixth save of the match and the Bearkat defense held strong for a full 10 minutes. Birt and Stine were the only to Kats to get a shot off but they were able to grab the golden goal.
Holding on for an extra 10 minutes, the Sam Houston defense stood together and blocked HBU’s only shot attempt. The Kats were unable to take a shot of their own in the second overtime period and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Wiping away its seven-match losing streak, Sam Houston improves to 1-7-2 on the season and 0-2-1 in Southland Conference play. DeLozier, who surrendered just one goal, improves to 0-0-1. Birt led the way with three shots and one goal while Stine picked up the first assist of her career.
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The Kats return home to Pritchett Field on Friday, Sept. 28 to face the Lamar Cardinals. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State soccer team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsSOC on Twitter.