HUNTSVILLE – Senior goalkeeper Christina Hendershot posted a career-high 10 saves and limited the Southland Conference favorite Cardinals to just one goal in the Sam Houston State soccer team’s (1-7-3, 0-2-2) 1-1, double-overtime draw against Lamar, Friday evening at Pritchett Field.

Lindsey Bienski, who leads Sam Houston in goals, paced the Bearkat offense and was the only one in orange to find the back of the net for her third goal of the season. Bienski registered the first shot of the match in the first minute but it went straight to the hands of starting LU goalkeeper Sandra Nygard.

The Cardinals tried to respond with a pair of shots but Hendershot stepped up and made back-to-back saves. The Bearkat defense came to the senior goalkeeper’s aid and made a defensive team save before Hendershot bounced back to keep LU off the board once more.

Hannah Dupin was the other Kat to fire a shot on goal but her attempt was raked in by Nygard. Neither team was able to crack open the scoring and the Kats and Cardinals went into the second half tied, 0-0. The Cardinals switched to goalkeeper Jocelyn Hanrath to start the second half and the Bearkats took immediate advantage of the new blood.

After a scramble in the box, Bienski received a touch from Micaela Birt and snuck a shot past Hanrath in the 58th minute to give Sam Houston a 1-0 advantage early in the second half. The Kats kept the pressure on, but a Sam Houston foul inside the box gave the Cardinals a penalty shot opportunity.

Squaring off against Hendershot, LU’s Anna Loftus sunk the shot in the 62nd minute to tie up the match, 1-1.

The Bearkat defensive came up with another huge defensive save in the 72nd minute after Lamar sent the ball into the box on a free kick. Hendershot stepped up to punch out the cross and the ball went straight to LU’s Madison Ledet. Ledet tried for a header but a Bearkat in perfect position was able to head the ball out to keep the match tied up at one goal apiece.

Lexi Bullard, Sammi Mayock, Courtney Pawlik and Grace Stine each recorded shots on goal in an effort to break the tie, but Hanrath collected each shot, prompting overtime action at Pritchett Field.

Hendershot’s efforts in the first overtime period were crucial once again as she collected three more saves to keep the match even. The Bearkats were unable to tally a shot on goal and the teams prepped for another 10 minutes of action.

Stine, who led the squad with five shots on the night, fired off an attempt just 27 seconds into the final 10 minutes but Nygard, who returned at the start of overtime, was there to make the save. Hendershot stood firm and picked up two more saves in the 105th and 106th minute. Taylor Pritchard tried to clinch the match with a shot in the final 10 seconds, but it sailed left and the 110-minute match ended in a 1-1 draw.

With the draw, the Bearkats improve to 0-2-2 in SLC play and 1-7-3 overall. Sam Houston finished the match with a season-high 11 shots on goal and 12 saves.

 

Coming Up Next

The Bearkats look to grind out a win against the McNeese Cowgirls in a 1 p.m. matchup on Sept. 30 at Pritchett Field. Live stats, as well as a radio broadcast, 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.