Soccer team lose in semifinals, fall to Howard in OT

The Lady Tiger Soccer team finished with a 10-10-1 record. GSU Athletics/Courtesy photo

The Lady Tiger soccer club was eliminated in the semifinals in a tough loss in the SouthWestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament.

With multiple teams in Texas on the Prairie View A&M campus, the team was looking for their shot at the championship trophy. 

Their first matchup was a rematch of a game in the regular season versus Alabama A&M.

The earlier game took place on Sept. 29 as just the second SWAC game of the year for the Lady Tigers.

Fresh off of a victory against the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, the Bulldogs traveled to Grambling to pick up their fourth victory. 

The Lady Tiger side gave up an early goal in the first half to Alabama A&M and were not able to recover.

They ended the game with just six shots on goal, yet couldnt score on the attempts. 

In the championship rematch, it was Grambling who held the sole goal of the game.

Coming on a penalty kick, Florence David was able to net  the ball in the 78th minute and give her team the lead.

After the victory, the team prepared for the next matchup against the tough Howard University team. 

Previous play in the regular season saw a victory for Howard with a final score of 1-0.

The Bisons were undefeated in conference play and took an early goal against Grambling  in the first half. 

The goalkeepers from both teams played well in that match-up, fielding a total of 16 shots.

The tournament match had a different energy, and the Lady Tigers came out aggressive, with Miranda Urbizu scoring within the first minute.

For most of the game, the Grambling side was in control.

It was not until the 76th minute that Howard added a goal of their own.

Victoria Thornton scored a header  on an assist from Thalia Boucher.

The score remained 1-1 at the end of full time. 

After an additional set of time added, neither team could score.

It was not until the second overtime that the Bison’s added a goal. 

Assisted again by Thalia Boucher, Kendall Macauly slotted a goal in the 110th minute.

With the loss, the Tigers just fell short of making it to the finals.

Grambling ended the season with a 10-10-1 record.