CONWAY, Ark. – Alyssa Miller scored her first goal of the season, but the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Central Arkansas on Friday night. It marked the third time in as many conference games that the Islanders (1-8-0, 0-3-0 Southland) have been on the wrong side of a one-goal game.
Audrey Baldwin made six saves for A&M-Corpus Christi, playing the full 90 minutes in a losing effort. Lyndzey Goff collected the win for the Bears, coming in for the second half and turning aside the only shot she faced, a Meghan Cordero offering in the 48th minute.
"I'm really proud of the team tonight," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "We came out from the opening whistle and looked to attack. It's a tough loss because we put ourselves out there and left it on the field and just couldn't get the equalizer even though we had a relentless attack.
"Miller was very composed in front of the goal off a nice ball from Hannah [Joseph]," she added. "She picked her head up and slotted the ball home. This is a special team that wont quit – we will keep fighting in every game, and get stronger every game."
The Bears opened the scoring in the 13th minute, with Kristin Pollard tallying her first goal of the season. Brooke Ballard worked the ball to Pollard, and the senior put the ball past Baldwin off a deflection to make it 1-0 in favor of the Bears at the 12:59 mark.
But the Islanders wouldn't let the lead last long, as Miller notched the equalizer in the 34th minute. Hannah Joseph fed the ball to Miller in front of the net, and the junior put it past keeper Kaitlyn Keith for a 1-1 game at 33:39.
The score remained that way through halftime, and in the second half, the two teams came out even, keeping the count at 1-1 into the 75th. That's when Ballard came through with some heroics of her own, notching her fourth goal of the season off a rebound at 74:19.
The visitors came close to getting the equalizer in the 81st minute, as Becca Chance's shot was cleared off the line at the last possible second by the UCA defenders. But Ballard's goal would matriculate into the game winner, as the Islanders could not push across a score in the final 15 minutes.
The Islanders' road trip continues with a Sunday contest in Tulsa against Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles are out to a strong start this season with a 7-2-0 overall mark and a 2-0-0 record in the league following a weekend in which they defeated conference favorites Stephen F. Austin and Lamar. ORU did not play on Friday night.