Sam Houston State Wins in Soccer

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HUNTSVILLE -- Freshman Natalie Pantel scored her first college goal to give Sam Houston State a 1-0 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo Friday night at Pritchett Field.

The victory evens the Bearkats season record at 2-2. The loss was the first of the season for the Thunderwolves who stand 1-1-1 for the year.

Nicole Watson started the scoring play with a steal in midfield, putting the ball forward to Luana Miessa. The sophomore split two defenders to find Pantel open on the left side of the six-yard box and the freshman kicked the ball in for the game winner.

Sam Houston out-shot the Thunderwolves 15 to 9 with most of the visitor's offensive attack coming in the last 20 minutes. Goalkeeper Jenny Pence made three saves as the Kats picked up their second shutout of the season.

"The whole back line played their best game of the year," SHSU head coach Tom Brown said. "They are getting better as a unit, learning to stay connected and communicating."

Seven Thunderwolves took shots with Sarah Deziel, Candice Duffy and Kiley Draper each had a shot saved.

Miessa led the Bearkat offense with six shots. Four were saved.

"This is the best first half we've had," Brown said. "We have to learn how to play with a lead in those last few minutes. We caused ourselves more problems than we needed to. But, we're doing things better. We're seeing progress."

Combined with Sunday's 5-0 victory over Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston has won two games in a row. If the Bearkats can win over South Alabama in Sunday's 1 p.m. home match at Pritchett Field, they will produce the first three-match winning streak in the six-year old women's soccer program's history.

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