ECU soccer team knocks off Greyhounds

Richard R. Barron/The Ada NewsEast Central’s Sammie Smith, a senior from Frisco, Texas, and her Tiger teammates held off Eastern New Mexico 2-1 at home Thursday night.

The East Central University soccer team picked up its second straight win with a 2-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico in non-conference action at Tiger Field.

The Tigers (2-3) were led by junior Kendall Cook, who tallied two shots on goal and a goal. Junior Chloe Hull earned her first win in the net, allowing one goal and stopping five shots.

The Tigers had a slight 13-12 lead in total shots, with the Greyhounds topping the hosts in shots on goal by a 6-5 margin.

East Central now leads the overall series 4-2-1. The game was the first meeting with the the Grounhounds since ECU departed the Lone Star Conference. The last meeting was a 1-0 win in Portales during the 2010 season

ECU started the scoring at 26:28 in the first half, when Cook sent in a shot from the middle of the field at the top of the box. She was assisted on the goal by junior Summer Whalen.

The second goal of the game was scored for the Tigers, but it was scored by a Greyhound (0-3-2) defender as an own goal. The ball deflected in on the right side of the net after a corner kick by junior Kendall Smith.

ENMU managed to get on the scoreboard at the 65-minute mark in the second half via a penalty kick by Ariel Lopez, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Despite an increased push by the Greyhounds through the rest of the match, the Tigers held on for the 2-1 victory.

The contest came within inches of being the fifth straight overtime contest for the visitors, as a Lopez shot at the 51:28 mark hit the post on the ECU goal

The Tigers will now get ready for their final non-conference match of the season, today when they host Southwestern Christian at 2 p.m. at Tiger Field.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.