TAMU-CC’s women’s soccer hustling to climb conference standings


Photo courtesy of Islander Athletics - TAMU-CC women's soccer team competed against Nicholls State on Oct.4. The team won the match in a 2-0 runaway game for the lady islanders.

The TAMU-CC women’s soccer team have gone a combined 6-5-1 thus far into the season. The team started the year off strong versus non-conference opponents in wins over Baylor University (1-0) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (1-0) through their first two exhibition games of the year. The team finished their non-conference games with a record of 5-4 after outings against top-tier teams such as the University of Texas (0-3), which the Longhorn roster consisted of two Canadian national team members, and the Air Force Academy (0-3), which is commanding the Mountain West Conference. The women’s soccer team showed lots of promise early on in the season, which soon carried over to much needed success heading into conference play.

“We’re definitely going into the year with confidence,” said head coach Craig Shaw when interviewed by Island Athletics. “We’ve made some adjustments, and we’re looking forward to these upcoming matchups.”

Starting out conference play, TAMU-CC battled opponents Incarnate Word (0-1), Stephen F. Austin (3-0), Sam Houston State (1-1), Nicholls State (2-0), and Southern Louisiana (2-0) to what would seem a powerful showing with a record of 3-1-1 so far into conference play. Such success on the season has led to the leaderboard for head coach Craig Shaw as he became the all-time leader for coaching wins in program history with the win over Stephen F. Austin.

Currently, TAMU-CC’s women’s soccer team is tied for fifth in the Southland Conference thus far, which could change with upcoming matchups against rivals Abilene Christian and Lamar University. The team remains unbeaten in its last four matches against conference opponents with Sept. 29’s win over Louisiana Southern, tying the program record for wins in a single season with six. The team is on track to set their best season to date with the help of key players that have made an impact on and off the field.

Junior goalkeeper Kyleigh Hall has started another impressive season for the Islanders with 27 saves while only giving up two goals on cage. Hall has a remarkable saving percentage of 95% through conference play with shutout performances against rivals, Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls State and Southern Louisiana. The junior has also been awarded “Southland Goalkeeper of the Week” three times with her efforts against Southern Louisiana, Sam Houston State and Rio Grande Valley, of which she saved seven shots on goal. With such success, Hall has set high standards and expectations for the soccer team.

“My expectation is for us to prove to ourselves, not playing for anybody else, but just us as a team,” said Hall. “Beating the records that we set … and stepping up and proving that we are a good team. We can be in the top five.”

Hall looks to improve on her last year’s 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 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.”

Another junior has made big waves for the women’s soccer team as well with midfielder Abby Deakin leading the way. Deakin’s presence has made the Islanders attacking scheme a threat throughout the Southland Conference with her drive and will to score.

“I feel like as a team, we have a strong chemistry this year because we played together for two years now,” said Deakin. “… Everything starting to come together, and it’s really cool to see it.”

The junior has been nothing short of phenomenal in recent games with the athlete scoring two goals against Texas Southern and conference opponent Stephen F. Austin. Deakin has already doubled her goal count from a season ago. She has a personal best of six goals on the season, which leads the team.

“Abby Deakin right now is just on fire,” said Shaw. “… Her work rate is phenomenal. Her touches are great, and she just has such a desire of scoring. She’s playing the best soccer I’ve ever seen her play, and I’m really happy for her.”

For more information regarding TAMU-CC women’s soccer team, check out Islander Athletics where they provide updates, scores and scheduling at, https://goislanders.com/schedule.aspx?path=wsoc.