HOUSTON – Tarleton State women’s soccer fell to Houston on Sunday morning, 4-1, at the Carl Lewis Track and Field Soccer Complex.
Houston (3-0-1) picked up its third win of the season while the Texans fall to (2-1-1).
Rylee Low found the back of the net for the first time this season in the 41st minute.
Mikayla Kendall made seven saves in her hard-fought effort against the Cougars.
In the first scoring chance for the Texans, Avery Harr streaked down the field in the 23rd minute leaving one woman to beat, the goalkeeper. Mikaela Gracia was able to just get a hand on the one-on-one battle at the top of the box causing the Aurora, Colorado, native to lose her footing just a few feet past the goalie, ending the threat.
With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Houston got on the board first. Originating at the top of the box, Ramsey Davis one-touched the loose ball and snuck it past Kendall to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
In the 39th minute just four minutes after the goal, Nicole Fels streaked down the sideline. In a two-on-one Fels’ shot was deflected by the Houston keeper who came up to defend the shot.
On the next possession by the Cougars, Sofia Webber flicked a pass to Allie Byrd from the bench side of the field where she scored the second goal within eight minutes to take a 2-0 lead.
Just a few minutes later, the Texans were granted a free kick. Tarleton’s defender Low was the choice, and it proved to be a very good one. Low elected to fire a shot on goal and it blasted past Gracia for the Texans’ first goal of the game.
The Texans held the Cougars for the remainder of half, heading into the locker room trailing, 2-1.
Houston came out of the half and scored in the first minute. Caitlyn Matthews launched a cross towards the right side of the goal where it found the left foot of Cameryn Maddox for the third goal of the day for the Cougars.
The Cougars added their fourth goal of the match on a double assist by Maddox and Kaylee Dressback who found Matthews for her third goal of the year.
In the 61st minute, the Texans had another scoring threat when Adriana Alonso-Gomez fired a shot from the left corner of the box, but the goalkeeper came out to defend it and was able to get a single hand on it and slow it down just enough to allow the defender to scoop it up before it entered the net.
With 15 minutes remaining, Mila Bettinelli nearly scored her second goal of the season. Off a free kick from Jaycie Bass, Bettinelli found the back of the net on a header, but the goal was waved off and it was deemed that it was offsides, negating the goal.
Neither side was able to put much of a scoring effort together in the final 15 minutes, resulting in the 4-1 Cougars’ win.
Tarleton State will play of pair of non-conference contests next week to begin another three-game homestand. The Texans will open the third week of the season with a Friday morning match against Grambling State at 11 a.m. at the Tarleton Soccer Complex. Rounding out the weekend, Tarleton will host Lamar on Sunday afternoon at noon. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN+