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Soccer stays golden against Statesmen

Blazer Soccer is golden after a double-overtime win against Delta State at the Soccer Complex on Friday night.

The Blazers took 27 shots on the night, 14 of which were on goal. In the end, the only one that mattered was a chip shot by Ashley Lewis to end the game 1-0. The shot was Lewis’ second golden goal in less than a week.

Delta used a defensive game plan, which allowed for the Blazers to utilize their attacking approach, and stop most of Delta’s offensive bids. The Blazer defense only allowed three shots in the 103 minutes they played, and only two of which were on goal.

The attacking approach allows goalkeeper Alyssa Curtis and the defense to rest, while the remainder of the team tries to score. This strategy is working for the Blazers who now have a 5-1 record and 3-1 in the conference.

“[Delta State] was probably the most organized team we have seen this season,” head coach Stephen Andrew said. “If we didn’t get the win, a loss could have come back to haunt us. I would have much rather won in the 90 minutes but it was great to get the win.”

After the game, Lewis said that she was speechless.

“We had chance, after chance, after chance,” Lewis said. “We knew the goal was coming and we had our opportunity and we took advantage of it. We have to stick to our goal of winning all of our home games, play tough on the road and we are going to be successful.”

Blazer Soccer will be back at the Soccer Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they face Mississippi College in a Gulf South Conference matchup.

Written by Bryce Decker, Staff Writer. Photos by Sarrah Rose, Staff Photographer and Bryce Decker, Staff Writer. 

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