SHSU soccer scores first win in late fashion

With 1:31 left in the match, junior midfielder Mariah Titus buried a penalty kick bottom right for a game winning goal to snag Sam Houston State’s first victory of the season 2-1 over Prairie View-A&M.

The Bearkats were able to pull off the win after a sloppy first half full of bad passes, trouble controlling the ball and conceding fouls just outside the eighteen-yard box.

“We made it a lot more difficult on ourselves than we needed to,” head coach Tom Brown said.

SHSU entered the second half even at nil with the Panthers.

It was a tedious back-and-forth match until sophomore forward Maddy Panozzo found sophomore Shelby McDaniel open in the box to break the tie in the 77th minute.

Panozzo made a streaking run down the right side and to the endline before sending a ball across to McDaniel who was a making run down the middle. McDaniel turned and ripped a shot with her left foot past Panthers’ goalkeeper Clarissa LeDesma.

Although able to get her first goal on the season, McDaniel said she doesn’t think her offense is where it needs to be, she said.

“We have all the talent we need,” McDaniel said. “We just need to get it all together, work together, get our reps right and get our goals on target.”

The Bearkats couldn’t hold the lead for long.

Just two minutes later, PVAMU tied things up off a corner kick that wasn’t cleared out properly by the Bearkats.

Panthers’ defender Reina Mata was able to net the lone goal for PVAMU.

It looked as if 90 minutes wasn’t going to be enough for the two teams until the Panthers gave up a foul inside their own 18 in the 88th minute.

Titus got the signal for the penalty kick. LeDesma approached the Bearkat at the penalty spot and stared at Titus trying to psyche her just before the kick.

“I’ve practiced a million and one [penalties] since I was kid,” Titus said. “That keeper came up to me, and I was 100 percent confident that I was going to score that goal.”

The intimidation was no match for Titus’s perfectly placed shot to win the game.

As relieved as SHSU was to get its first win of the season, Brown wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.

“We’re a much a better team than that,” Brown said. “We’ve got to get back to being able to keep the ball. We’ve got to continue to work on our defending collectively.”

The Bearkats travel to Lubbock on Friday for a match against Big 12’s Texas Tech.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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