TAMU-CC women’s soccer team falls to Incarnate Word


Photography courtesy of Islander Athletics - Junior Larissa Fagundes makes break on the ball during match against Incarnate Word on Sept. 21.

On Friday, Sept. 20, the TAMU-CC women’s soccer team competed against conference rival, Incarnate Word, where they fell to the Cardinals in a 1-0 overtime thriller at the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio. Friday marked the Lady Islanders second overtime match in the last three games with the previous overtime game being against Prairie View A&M.

Through constant back and forth action, neither team seemed to grasp a lead during regular play, resulting in nail-biting overtime action with Incarnate Word pulling away with a late penalty kick. Senior star soccer player Shayla Spearman led the Islanders with a total of three shots, one being on goal during the early minutes of the match.

Sophomore Dana Curtis also contributed with two shots, adding to the Islanders aggressive play against the Cardinals. TAMU-CC soccer players, Abby Deakin, Addison Urbanus, Kayla Gove, Jaedyn Johnson and Larissa Fagundes each attempted a shot, respectively. The Islanders recorded nine impressive total shots with five coming on goal, while the Cardinals recorded 10 shots with eight on target.

Junior goalkeeper, Kyleigh Hall, came up big with a stellar seven saves for the Islanders through 95 minutes of competitive action. The junior goalkeeper was named “Southland Goalkeeper of the Week” last week with her efforts against Rio Grande Valley, of which she saved seven shots on goal, marking her third shutout in the last four matches. Hall looks to improve on her last years’ impressive season, with the junior recording 57 saved goals and a 1.51 goals against average a year ago.

“She’s a great goalkeeper,” said head coach Craig Shaw.  “She’s came up big when we really needed her. She commands the backline really well. She gets us going in the attacks, and we get the ball down early. She’s had a great season so far along with the defense.”

TAMU-CC’s women’s soccer team fall to 3-5 on the season and 0-1 in conference play thus far. The Cardinals improve their record to a mere 2-6 overall, Word takes a 1-0 Southland Conference record. Next, the women’s soccer team takes on conference opponent, Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Link for the box score below, courtesy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Athletics.