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Nicholls Defeats Islanders, 2-1

Published: September 22, 2013

THIBODAUX, La. – In a season full of historic moments, the Nicholls State University women’s soccer team continued the narrative on Sunday afternoon as the Colonels outlasted the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 2-1 at the Dugan Family Soccer Complex to run its program-record winning streak to seven and improve to 2-0 in league play for the first time in team history.

The road win was the first in Southland Conference play for the program since defeating McNeese State 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 26, 2004.

Nicholls (8-0-1, 2-0 SLC) blitzed the Islanders (1-7, 0-2) from the start, outshooting the home side 21-5 and putting A&M-Corpus Christi in a 2-0 hole after the first 45 minutes of play ended.

Already on tear after her play in the last few matches, Colonels sophomore forward Spencer Valdespino stuck again on Sunday scoring the opening goal of the match to give her nine on the season and into a tie for second place for the most goals ever in a season by a Nicholls player. With 20 points already on the season, she is six away from tying Kaity Mattsson for the all-time record for points scored in a season.

Nicholls also got a goal from freshman Hannah Savoie who scored her fourth of the season and in turn sealed the win for the club with just two shots on the day.

Goalie Amanda Boylson (4-0-1) kept her season record unblemished, moving up to third all-time in season victories for a goalie with four after allowing just one goal during the match, and her only goal given up this weekend. Her counterpart in Audrey Baldwin was peppered with shots and had ten saves.

In the 17th minute, the Colonels earned a free kick after a foul. With the spot just outside of the box, Valdespino delivered a shot and put it in the back of the net to the top right corner to give Nicholls a 1-0 lead.

In the 22nd minute, Savoie took a rebound shot that bounced off the top of the crossbar and fired it in from the top of the box to give the Colonels a two-goal advantage heading into halftime, as the assist went to Jess Coates.

Although the Islanders didn’t have many shot during the match, they made their first one out of halftime count, as TAMCC leading goal scorer Yvette Franco headed a shot off of a free kick cross to pull the Islanders within one in the 47th minute.

Things got chippy in the second half as the two teams combined for 16 of their 23 total fouls in the match, which also included four yellow cards given out on the day.

Nicholls will play its next three games in Thibodaux, beginning with hosting the Abilene Christian Wildcats at 4 p.m. on Friday.

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