HUNTSVILLE - The Bearkats are making a habit out of winning Southland Conference matches in dramatic fashion.
Junior Briana Woodall once again drew a foul that resulted in a free kick at a crucial point in the contest, and it led to the match-clinching goal to lift the Sam Houston State soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Houston Baptist Friday evening at Pritchett Field.
The Bearkats (4-5-0 overall, 2-0-0 in SLC) remain atop of the league standings after opening conference play with a 3-2 overtime victory over reigning champion Central Arkansas last week. Both matches Sam Houston State rallied from a deficit to win in a thriller.
Woodall also drew the critical foul that led to freshman Kalynn Bickford’s golden goal on a penalty kick against the Sugar Bears. This time around, Woodall took the shot herself.
With the scored knotted at 1 in the 89th minute, Bickford played the ball to the top of the box where Woodall was fouled by an HBU defender with 28 seconds remaining in the match. Woodall kept her composure and sailed the free kick over the outstretched arms of Huskies’ goalkeeper Ashtyn Franks for a little magic on Harry Potter Night at Pritchett Field.
HBU (1-8-0, 0-2-0) scored in the 38th minute of the first half to take a 1-0 lead. It was the Huskies’ first real offensive threat of the match and it came on their first corner kick as Jessica Nevils was able to punch it over sophomore goalkeeper Abby DeLozier’s head into the top right corner of the net.
Despite dominating the attack for much of the first half, Sam Houston State had nothing to show for it. That quickly changed after halftime.
Sophomore Caitlyn McDonald scored the equalizer in the 48th minute when she dribbled around some defenders and fired a shot from 25 yards away from the top of the box over Franks’ head.
The Bearkats will look to make it three conference wins in a row and four overall when they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-5-0, 1-1-0) Sunday at 1 p.m.