Sophomore forward Allie Johnson continued on her breakout season for Sam Houston State soccer in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Hammonds, La.
Johnson provided the Bearkats with the lone goal of the match in the opening minute of the second half. Johnson struck one from distance in the 46th minute off a feed from sophomore forward Maddy Panozzo that landed in the upper corner of the goal.
“It was a simple goal that was built up from the defense through the midfield and a ball played through to me, which is what we practice almost every day,” Johnson said. “Coach just said at halftime how ‘this team has already made history, so why not make more while we’re at it?’”
The goal gave Johnson her eighth of the season after only scoring one last season. Sunday’s score also extended Johnson’s trend of finding the back of the net early in the halves. In her eight goals, five of them have come in the first 10 minutes of a half.
“The first 10-15 minutes are all about keeping possession and building up to get those opportunities,” Johnson said. “The reason I get those goals in the opening minutes is because my team possesses the ball and give me those multiple opportunities to get those goals.”
Johnson now finds herself only three goals shy of tying the SHSU record for most goals in a season. The record is currently shared between former SHSU players Kim Brown (2003), Raquel Bueno (2008) and Tricia Mallory (2010).
“It is a goal of mine to break a record during my four years here and having the opportunity to come close to that is such a blessing,” Johnson said. “I’ll try not to let it distract me too much during the games, but I’m expecting myself to beat that record.”
Sunday’s victory over the Lions improved SHSU’s Southland Conference record to 7-2. The Kats have two regular season games left before the SLC tournament. The Bearkats are eying the capture of the second seed with games remaining against Houston Baptist and Nicholls State, both at home.
Positive results would provide SHSU with its best record in history and a chance at a first-round bye for the tournament.
Kickoff for Friday’s match with the Huskies is set for 6 p.m.