Schreiner Women’s Soccer got a second half goal from sophomore Ruth Blackburn off a corner kick and that - along with a strong second half effort - propelled the Mountaineers to a season-opening 1-1 tie with NAIA UH-Victoria on Tuesday afternoon.
The Jaguars got their goal in the 29th minute by Yahajaira Lara off freshman goalkeeper Taylor Roberson who tended the net in the first half for SU. Sophomore Megan Morant took her turn between the posts in the second half and recorded three saves over 65 minutes including two overtime periods while keeping UHV off the scoreboard.
The second half saw SU ratchet up the effort and control with twice as many shots at UHV. For the match, the two teams tied both in shots with nine shots each, as well as with corner kicks, five each.
Blackburn’s goal came off a corner kick that was tight to the near post in the 79th minute. The ball squirted between — and bounced off — several defenders and found the back of the net.
Blackburn had four shots on the day with sophomore Alex Gill having two shots.
The Mountaineers get another home match on Friday at 2 p.m. vs. LeTourneau in non-conference action at Mountaineer Field.
Volleyball drops season opener
ABILENE, - McMurry had to battle for the first two sets but pulled away in the third for a 3-0 win over visiting Schreiner Volleyball by scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-12 Tuesday. The Mountaineers hung in there and were close in the first two sets but came up just short in each.
Leading the way for the Mountaineers was senior Alyssa Chapman with six kills and a solo block. Senior Caitlin Otten, junior Dee Bague and freshman Delanie Cauthen all had four kills. Junior Courtney Reopelle dished out 12 assists while freshman Nicole West came up with 10 digs. Bague was tops on the team with a .375 attack percentage.
SU has its first big weekend on Friday and Saturday with four matches over two days in Sherman, TX. On Friday, SU faces Linfield at 2:00 pm followed by a match with Sul Ross State at 4:00 pm.