SAN ANGELO – The West Texas A&M women's soccer team downed top-seeded Angelo State, 1-0, back on November 8th in the Lone Star Conference Semifinals in San Angelo, Texas. The fourth-seeded Lady Buffs took the early lead and never looked back as they completed their eighth shutout of the season in front of a crowd of 500.
They always say it's hard to beat a team three times in the same season. Nor did it happen this year in the case of the WT and ASU series. After dropping both regular season matchups to the Rambelles in the regular season by one goal each, the Lady Buffs bounced back for a big semi-final win to advance in the Tournament Finals where they fell to Midwestern State in a shootout thriller.
Sophomore Dominique Premac tallied the go-ahead goal in the 20th minute to give the Lady Buffs' the lead that was preserved through the first half. ASU put on some strong pressure in the waning minutes of the opening frame with three big scoring opportunities. The Rambelles were called offsides on a shot that Bedoy stopped in between to two strikes resulting in Bedoy saves.
When asked about the story of today's game, head coach Chad Webb's first thought was, "This is the same amount of effort I have seen out of this team all year long. All of these girls' hard work is now really starting to pay off and we are seeing some results. I'm proud of this team and the bravery and effort they have shown over the past few games, especially today."
Brittany Martinez received an early opportunity for the Rambelles in the 3rd minute but could not produce a shot. Sophomore Dominique Premac then placed the shot first on target for the match in the 7th minute that was stopped by ASU's keeper Danielle Edwards.
The Rambelles grabbed four corner kick opportunities between the 9th and 12th but managed to tally only one shot between them off a strike by Sierra Anderson that was kicked out by a WT defender.
Premac then grabbed her second score of the season at the 19:31 mark. Junior Jessie Thomas added the assist as she picked up the ball along the close right wing then kicked back the pass towards the center of the box, allowing Premac to lob the attempt into the left corner of the netting past Edwards. Sophomore Haley Girard nearly added another goal to WT's total as she fired a shot from the right wing that was stopped the outstretched hand of Edwards as she leaped towards the top left post.
Anderson and Lauren Perry added the two shots-on-goal in the final minutes of the half but could not find the net, allowing the Lady Buffs to head into the break with the 1-0 advantage. It would mark just the second time the season that WT has led on the scoreboard heading into halftime.
The Rambelles got on a breakaway in the 63rd minute as an ASU forward was alone in front of Bedoy at the top of the box. Rhea Belgrave then kicked it into gear as she made up ground and caught the player from behind to clear and end the threat, Belgrave was all over the field as she solidified her role as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
Bedoy came up big in the 75th minute with a stop on Jenny Kotowych as she received a cross pass back just yards away from the goal. She barely got an attempt off on a bouncer just before Bedoy stepped in for the stop.
Anderson got her head on an outstanding attempt inside the center of the box in the 78th minute. She received the cross from a free kick 5 yards outside the left edge of the box but sent the shot wide left. Bedoy had an excellent outing in the match as she earned her eighth shutout of the season and tallied four saves to eclipse the 300 career total mark (301). Premac led WT in shots with two while three other Lady Buffs tallied one each.
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