TAMU-CC women’s soccer defeats McNeese in double overtime


Photo courtesy of Islander Athletics - Senior defender Shayla Spearman seen being recognized on senior day on Oct. 27 against McNeese by athletic faculty and coaching staff.

On Sunday, Oct. 27 the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi women’s soccer team defeated McNeese by a score of 1-0 in a nail-biting double overtime at the Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer and Track Stadium. Sunday’s match served as the fourth time this season that the lady Islanders have played an overtime game. This game established the lady Islanders as a force to be reckoned with come time for the Southland Conference tournament, of which the team qualified with a win over Northwestern State on Oct. 18. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi improves to 9-7-1 and 6-3-1 in the Southland Conference while McNeese moves down to a record of 10-7 and 6-4 in conference play. The women’s soccer team currently sits in fifth place on the Southland Conference standings only behind opponents Lamar, Abilene Christian, Northwestern State and University of the Incarnate Word.

This final regular season home game for A&M-Corpus Christi also served as senior day, as the team recognized senior defender, Shayla Spearman, prior to Sunday’s match. Spearman, who’s been a four-year starter for the lady Islanders, has been a backbone for the young squad as her experience has played a large role in the team’s success in recent seasons. The Islanders scored the game winner with just two minutes remaining in the second overtime from sophomore Dana Curtis off an assist from junior midfielder Celia Hilsabeck.

“We woke up during overtime and fought really hard to get this win and it’s great for us now as we’ve achieved what we aimed for during conference play in terms of wins. …we’re one win away from achieving ten wins on the season,” said head coach Craig Shaw when interviewed by Islander Athletics.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has now collected 49 total points this season so far, breaking the single season program record of 47 set back in 2014. The team looks to end regular season play with a big win come next Friday against Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. in Houston.