Kats fall to OSU, rebound against Prairie View

The SHSU women’s soccer team came away from its second week of play with a 9-1 loss to Oklahoma State and a 3-0 shutout of Prairie View A&M.The Bearkats earned their second shutout in as many weeks as they held Prairie View scoreless on Sunday. Tynice Friday scored 15 minutes into the match, and Kelli Bateman added two goals in the second half.Sunday’s game was the Bearkats’ first closely fought game of the young season. Head coach Marcia Oliveira did not like what she saw in the first half of the game. She said she thought her team decided early in the game that they would win, and therefore they did not play with intensity.”I think they looked at our opponent and thought it was going to be an easy day,” Oliveira said.” This game was a little bit better of a matchup for us, but we can’t lose focus like that.”The Kats seemed to regain their focus in the second half. “We did a much better job in the second half,” Bateman said. “The passes were better and we were just playing more as a team.”The Bearkats allowed Prairie View one shot during the game. In Friday’s game, Oklahoma State held SHSU to only one shot, a goal by Kim Brown. The Kats allowed nine goals, including a hat-trick by OSU’s Jolene Schweizer.The Kats were called for 11 fouls, two for which they received yellow cards. “I was surprised we were given two yellow cards,” Oliveira said. “It isn’t something we try to do.”The Cowgirls attacked the goal the entire game, finishing with 31 shots. Both goalies Melissa Sauceda and Ashley Zendt played in the game. Sauceda saved 10 and gave up seven goals, while Zendt had three saves and allowed two goals.The Bearkats will end their five-game homestand next Sunday against the University of Texas-El Paso at 1 p.m. at Pritchett Field.Friday game note: Forward Tynice Friday was taken to the Huntsville Memorial Emergency Room for X-rays following a collision in Friday night’s game against Oklahoma State. The X-rays were negative and Friday was able to play in Sunday’s game.

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