Women’s Soccer Beats UTEP, Falls to Colorado College

September 30, 2008  

Lauren Shepherd (11) attempts to get the ball back from a Colorado College player Friday. The Mustangs lost to Colorado College, 2-1, but on Sunday Shepherd would go on to score the winning goal against UTEP. (PHOTO BY SOMMER SAADI / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Lauren Shepherd (11) attempts to get the ball back from a Colorado College player Friday. The Mustangs lost to Colorado College, 2-1, but on Sunday Shepherd would go on to score the winning goal against UTEP. (PHOTO BY SOMMER SAADI / THE DAILY MUSTANG)


By Callie Wall
ewall@smu.edu

The SMU women’s soccer team added another win to their slowly improving record Sunday afternoon, as they inched out the University of Texas, El Paso Miners, 1-0 at SMU’s Westcott Field.

This game was only the second Conference USA game for the Mustangs this season, which puts them at 3-6-1, overall.

The Mustang’s head coach, Brent Erwin, made a bold move in the starting line-up, replacing senior All-American goalie, Ashley Gunter, with freshman Courtney Webb.

“He claimed he needed more fire in the back,” said two former SMU players who wished to remain anonymous.

Also, senior Caitlin Carter is injured for the season with a broken tibia.

But the changes in the line-up and injuries didn’t seem to shake the Mustangs’ confidence. There were several shots made by SMU in the first 10 minutes of the first half, but UTEP quickly answered with a goal attempt by Brandi Aston, after a misplay by SMU right in front of the goal.

With 28:14 left in the half, it looked like SMU might finally convert, but UTEP’s goalie Sara Kaltwasser came up with a diving save to hold off the Mustangs.

Nearing the 16-minute mark, SMU began to pressure the UTEP defense, which was almost too much for the Miners to handle. UTEP defenseman Brittany Gonzalez and goalie Sara Kaltwasser had a miscommunication in the backfield, almost resulting in a goal on themselves.

But regardless of the shots made by both teams, the score remained 0-0 at halftime.

SMU came out strongly at the start of the second half with two shots fired in the first three minutes. The Mustangs continued to dominate with a series of shots by sophomore Lauren Shepherd and freshmen Devon Herman and Logan May.

The persistent attempts by the Lady Mustangs’ offense were finally rewarded with a goal by Shepherd, off an assist from Herman.

The UTEP offense made several more attempts to tie the score with less than ten minutes left, but the shots by Jo Radcliffe and Melissa Desilets weren’t enough to get past SMU goalie Courtney Webb.

The SMU women’s soccer team faces Rice in Houston next Thursday, for their third conference game of the season.

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