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Soccer defeats UTPB 3-0 with three second-half goals.

COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team played to a 3-0 win over UT-Permian Basin on Sunday. The Lions scored goals in the 68th, 72nd and 78th minutes.

The win brings the Lions to 8-2-2 on the season and 4-2-0 in the Lone Star Conference. UTPB falls to 2-8-1 and 1-5-0 in conference play.

The Lions will head on the road for their next two matches. They will face Texas Woman’s University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the TWU Soccer Field in Denton.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Sabrina Munguia scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute, her fifth of the season. Delaney Bunselmeyer passed a free kick from near midfield, and it landed perfectly for Munguia to take a shot.
– Jessika Coronado scored the second goal for the Lions, her second of the year. Bunselmeyer crossed the ball in from the right and Coronado shot the ball in.
– Bunselmeyer had two assists in the match, giving her three assists for the year.
– Cora Welch scored the final goal for the Lions in the 78th minute, her first career goal. Coronado assisted with a long pass down the middle. Welch outran the defense and won the battle with the goalkeeper.
– The Lions outshot the Falcons 29-3, including an 18-2 advantage in the second half. UTPB had two shots on goal, both of which were saved by Caitlin Duty. She posted her sixth shutout of the season.
– Coronado had four shots on goal while Munguia had three. Leslie Campuzano and Sophie Haywood also had shots on goal. The Lions had a total of 10 shots on goal.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Munguia had a shot on goal in the 12th minute that they saved. The Lions dominated the ball early in the match, taking the first six shots of the game. The Lions had an opportunity in the 24th minute as a ball lobbed over the head of the UTPB defense. Munguia had a chance, but a diving save was made to keep a goal off of the board.

After a UTPB shot went wide, the Lions had a shot on goal in the 38th minute that they saved. Two more Lion shots that went high and the score tied at halftime. The Lions outshot UTPB 11-1 in the first half.

Coronado was active early for the Lions in the second half. She had shots on goal in the 50th minute and the 58th minute. Both shots were saved by the UTPB goalkeeper to keep the match scoreless. Haywood also had a shot on goal that they saved in the 59th minute.

After a shot from Campuzano they saved in the 67th minute, the Lions found the net in the 68th minute. After a foul left the Lions with a free kick near midfield, Bunselmeyer hammered the boot, and it found space and the feet of Munguia. She took a shot and found the net to give the Lions the lead, 1-0.

The Lions scored again in the 72nd minute. Still, it was Bunselmeyer with the ball, this time firing a cross pass that found the feet of Coronado. She promptly shot the ball into the net to increase the Lion lead.

After a save by Duty in the 72nd minute, the Lions scored again in the 78th minute. This time Coronado was on the assisting end. She fired a long pass that found Welch on a breakaway. She had only the goalkeeper to beat and got the ball past her and into the goal. It was her first career collegiate goal.

Duty made another save in the 82nd minute, and the Lions left with the 3-nil win.

 

No. 2 Lions’ wild comeback effort falls short in 47-42 loss at No. 10 Midwestern State.

WICHITA FALLS – Despite a valiant fourth-quarter comeback effort, the No. 2-ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce football team was knocked off by No. 10 Midwestern State University on Saturday night, 47-42.

The Lions fall to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Lone Star Conference with the loss, while Midwestern State is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the LSC.

A&M-Commerce returns home on Saturday, October 14, for the annual Homecoming game, hosting Western New Mexico University for a 4 p.m. kickoff.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Luis Perez had career highs, completing 42-of-54 passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns. They intercepted him twice.
– Both teams went over 500 yards of total offense, with the Mustangs earning 539 yards of offense and the Lions gaining 509 yards.
– The Lions had 28 first downs in the game, with the Mustangs making 25 first downs.
– Vincent Hobbs had 104 yards receiving on seven catches. Buck Wilson had two touchdown receptions, while D’Arthur Cowan and Marquis Wimberly caught one each for a score. Perez completed passes to eight different receivers.
– E.J. Thompson and Darrius Webb each had rushing touchdowns.
– Alex Shillow had ten tackles to lead the Lion defense. Brucks Saathoff had nine tackles, and Michael Onuoha had seven tackles with two tackles for loss.
– The Mustangs won the turnover battle three to none, scoring 14 points off of those turnovers.
– Kristov Martinez tied the A&M-Commerce all-time PATs scored mark, adding four to his total for 134 in his career.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Neither team was able to get their offense rolling early, as each team punted after their first three drives. The Mustangs got on the board first, capping a six-play, 78-yard drive on a 22-yard touchdown from quarterback Layton Rabb to Xavier Land. Travon Blanchard blocked the PAT, leaving the score at 6-0.

MSU capitalized on its next two drives, scoring touchdowns after a Lion punt and an interception, pushing the Mustang lead to 20-0 with 6:50 left in the second quarter.

The Lions put their first points on the board with 3:01 left in the first half. Thompson punched the ball into the end zone from 1 yard out to finish off a 7-play, 45-yard drive. A 55-yard kickoff return by Webb set up the scoring drive that ended with the Lions down 20-7.

MSU quickly volleyed back with a long scoring run to go up 27-7. The Lions responded with a 7-play, 77-yard drive that took only 1:17 off the clock. A 28-yard completion by Perez to Hobbs kickstarted the possession, which ended in Wilson’s first touchdown catch of the night from 20 yards out. The Lions trailed 27-14 at the half.

Both teams went three-and-out on their opening drives of the second half. The Lions were driving downfield on their second possession of the half when Midwestern’s Marcus Wilkerson stripped the Lion ballcarrier and returned the ball 48 yards for a touchdown to put MSU up 34-14. After a Lion punt, the Mustangs put together a 10-play, 81-yard drive ending in six points to put the score at 40-14 with 4:26 left in the third.

The ensuing A&M-Commerce drive saw six plays – all of which were complete passes by Perez. The sixth pass was a 26-yard scoring strike to Wilson, narrowing the deficit to 40-21. However, Midwestern needed only two plays to go back up by four scores, with a 56-yard touchdown pass making it a 47-21 ballgame.

That score would carry into the fourth quarter. On the third play of the fourth quarter, Perez found Wimberly open in the end zone for a 10-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 47-28 with 13:46 to play.

Martinez beautifully executed the ensuing onside kick, recovering his boot at the A&M-Commerce 49-yard line. They intercepted a deep pass late in the drive at the A&M-Commerce 3-yard line, but the Lion defense pinned the Mustangs deep in their territory to punt. A 13-yard punt return by Shawn Hooks set the Lions up with a short field at the MSU 25.

On second-and-goal, Perez completed a 3-yard scoring pass to Cowan. The Lions elected to go for two points, and a Perez completion to Hobbs cut the lead to 47-36 with 7:41 to go, ensuring an exciting finish.

Midwestern State was able to recover the next onside kick attempt, but the Lion defense stopped the Mustangs in no-mans-land. On fourth-and-1, Onuoha tackled the ballcarrier for a 4-yard loss to give the Lions the ball at their own 28 and 5:52 on the clock.

Perez completed three consecutive passes, with the third pass a beautiful 35-yard completion down the sideline to Hobbs. Webb then carried the ball 15 yards up the middle to paydirt. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Lions drew within 47-42 with 4:33 to play.

The Mustangs set off with the express purpose of the clock expiring without the Lions regaining possession. After three first downs, the Lions buckled down and had the Mustangs facing third-and-1 with no Lion timeouts remaining. Vincent Johnson eked the ball past the first down marker, allowing MSU to kneel out the clock.

 

Volleyball wins fifth in a row with 3-1 win over Western New Mexico

COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team picked up its fifth consecutive win with a 3-1 victory over Western New Mexico on Saturday. The set scores were 30-28, 25-16, 17-25 and 25-16.

The win brings the Lions to 11-7 on the season and 6-2 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs fall to 4-12 and 4-4 in conference play.

The Lions will return to the court Friday to face West Texas A&M. That game will be at The Box in Canyon. The team will then meet UT Permian Basin on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Odessa.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Jaslyn Wacker led the Lions with 16 kills on a .367 hitting percentage. She also had five blocks in the match.
– Layne Little had 12 kills in the game. She also had eight digs.
– Shelley Chapron had nine kills and five blocks.
– Mariyah Oliver had eight kills, Jaryn Wacker had seven, and Neka Nelson had five kills. Sydney Reyes had two kills, and Chassidy Hill had a kill.
– Savannah Rutledge led the team with 22 digs, also chipping in seven assists. Lacie Jessup had 11 digs.
– Rylie Fuentes led the team with 27 assists while Gabriela Rosa added 22 assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The first set was an evenly matched battle. Both teams traded rallies. Nelson and Jaslyn Wacker both had multiple kills early for A&M-Commerce. Nelson and Wacker had four kills each in the set. Little and Jaryn Wacker also made impacts, tallying five and four kills respectively in the first game. The set went to extra points as neither team would give up a two-point lead late. However, the Lions were able to get two kills from Jaryn Wacker to end the set at 30-28.

After trading the first 14 points of the second set, the Lions went on a rally to build a lead. Four consecutive attack errors from WNMU helped the Lions take their lead to 7-13 halfway through the set. The Lions continued to build their lead, jumping up to a 10-point advantage at one point in the game. They took the second set 25-16.

The Mustangs came out firing after halftime to take the first six points of the third set. Halfway through the set, WNMU led 13-6. The Lions attempted to fight back, making six of the next eight points to cut the lead to just three points. But the deficit was too much to overcome, and the Lions fell 17-25 in the third set.

The Lions regrouped in the fourth set, taking four of the first five points and seven of the first nine. The Wacker sisters continued to rack up kills in the fourth set as the Lions took a 13-5 lead midway through the fourth set. The Lions built their lead to nine before WNMU scored four points in a row to close the gap. Lions responded with a five-point run of their own to build their largest lead of the entire match, a 23-12 lead. The Lions took the final set 25-16.

 

Soccer hands Angelo State first conference loss with 3-0 win

COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team got a 3-0 win over Angelo State on Friday night. The Lions scored their first goal in the sixth minute of the match and scored two more in the second half.

The win brings the Lions to 7-2-2 on the season and 3-2-0 in the Lone Star Conference. ASU falls to 6-2-1 and 3-1-1 in conference play.

The Lions will conclude their five-game homestand with a match against LSC opponent UT Permian Basin on Sunday. The game will be at noon at the Lion Soccer Field.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Michelle Kotlik scored the game-winning goal in the sixth minute. Sophie Haywood crossed in a ball from the right, and Kotlik found the net for her third goal of the year.
– Sabrina Munguia scored her fourth goal of the season in the 70th minute. She received a pass from Jessika Coronado and found space for a shot that found the goal.
– Sophie Haywood scored her sixth goal of the season in the 80th minute. On a corner kick from Leslie Campuzano, Haywood stuck out her foot and directed the ball into the net.
– The Lions had two other shots go off the crossbar for near goals. The Lions had 12 shots on goal, double the shots on goal of ASU.
– Campuzano had all four of her shots go on goal, Haywood had three shots on goal, Munguia and Kotlik both had two shots on goal and Delaney Bunselmeyer, and Katie Givens also had a shot on goal.
– Caitlin Duty posted her fifth shutout of the season. She had six saves on the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions got on the board early in the match. In the sixth minute, Haywood made a move and found some space. She crossed the ball toward the net, and it found the head of Kotlik, who directed the ball into the net. The Lions took a quick 1-0 lead.

Campuzano had two shots on goal for the Lions in the early part of the match, but they saved both. In the 20th minute, Rylie Robertson effort went off the crossbar and bounced away, keeping the game close. Campuzano had another shot on goal in the 20th minute and again in the 27th minute that was both saved. Haywood had a shot on goal late in the half that they made, and the Lions took a 1-0 lead into the half after Duty had a save in the final minute.

Duty made a save in the early seconds of the second half as ASU looked to get back into the game. However, the Lions were the ones who found space in the ASU defense. Kotlik and Haywood both had shots on goal that they saved early.

After a couple of ASU’s shots were off the mark, the Lions found their second goal. Munguia received a pass from Coronado and slipped past her defender to take the ball from right to left that found its way past the ASU goalie.

The Lions had another chance in the 79th minute as Tori Smith had a header that went off the crossbar. However, the kick went out of bounds, and the Lions took a corner kick. Campuzano directed the ball toward the net and Haywood poked the ball in with her foot to give the Lions their third goal of the match.

Munguia had another shot at a goal late in the contest, but the ball went just off the fingertips of the goalkeeper and off the crossbar before getting kicked away. The Lion defense held, and the Lions won the game in a shutout.

 

Lion women second, men fourth at Lois Davis Invitational

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce cross country teams wrapped up their regular season on Friday evening at the Lois Davis Invitational, with the women’s squad placing second in the team standings and the men’s team finishing in fourth place.

A trio of runners paced the top ten of the event by the Lion women. Brandi Stalder was the individual runner-up, completing the 5-kilometer course in a time of 19:33. She was followed by Laura Alicke in third place at 19:43. Jasmine Amo placed seventh with a time of 20:04.

Mallory Morgan placed 22nd at 22:10 and Jazmynn Kennebeck placed 23rd at 22:26 to complete the Lions’ team score of 57 points. Harding was the team champion with 30 points, with all five scoring runners placing in the top 10. Shelby White finished 25th at 22:54 and Briana Castaneda placed 30th at 24:26.

The Lion men were led by Evan Luecke, who finished in eighth place in the 8-kilometer race with a time of 27:07. Trevor Montgomery placed 12th with a time of 27:28.

The next three Lions were packed together as Tate McMillan placed 20th (28:17), Mason Boswell placed 21st (28:41), and Antonio Chavez placed 22nd (28:52). The Lion scorers had 83 points behind Harding (36), Southern Arkansas (51), and Grambling (64).

The Lions now set their sights on the Lone Star Conference Championships, which will be at Kingsville’s L.E. Ramey Golf Course on October 21.

 

Lions power to third straight sweep with 3-0 win over Eastern New Mexico

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team powered to its third consecutive sweep with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-18 win over Eastern New Mexico University at The Field House on Friday evening.

The Lions move to 10-7 overall and 5-2 in the Lone Star Conference with the win, while the Greyhounds fall to 7-10 overall and 4-3 in the league.

A&M-Commerce hosts Western New Mexico (4-11 overall, 4-3 LSC) at 2 p.m. Saturday to close out the weekend.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Lions hit .286 in the match, rarely being forced to leave their offensive system. The Greyhounds were limited to a .055 hitting percentage.
– Mariyah Oliver hit .455 in the game with 11 kills and three blocks.
– Jaslyn Wacker also had 11 kills and three blocks, hitting .400.
– Gabriela Rosa passed out 20 assists, while Rylie Fuentes dished out 16 assists.
– Libero Savannah Rutledge had 20 digs in the sweep and had three service aces.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions never trailed in the opening set, and an early run pushed them to a big game win. A&M-Commerce was leading 5-4 after committing an attack error, but then rolled to six straight points on the serve of Lacie Jessup to go up 11-4. Another run quickly followed, with five consecutive points pushing the lead to 11 points at 17-6 on a Rosa ace. ENMU could not get back within a nine-point margin in the set.

The Lions hit .357 in the opening set, led by four errorless kills from Layne Little. Rutledge had eight digs in the match.

A&M-Commerce took a little longer in the second set to find its rhythm, but a tremendous run gave the Lions the distinct edge. The match was tied at 11-all when Rosa’s serve came around, and the Lions scored eight consecutive points, with the Greyhounds burning both timeouts in the rally. Oliver had three kills and a block in the run, which was punctuated by a Rosa ace. The Lions hit .211 in the set with Oliver piling up seven kills against only one error. Rutledge had nine digs, helping hold ENMU to a minus-.056 clip in the frame.

In the third set, the Lions jumped out to a five-point lead at 8-3, but the Greyhounds battled back to take the lead at 11-10. Another five-point Lion surge pushed the hosts back in front, thanks to a Little ace and two blocks. After ENMU got back to within two points, Rutledge earned two straight aces to put the Lions up 20-15. Jaslyn Wacker was able to put away the final two kills of the match and secure the Lions another sweep.