Sunday, October 18, 2015

HBU Women’s Soccer Rallies to Defeat Northwestern State, 3-1

Jessa LeBlanc and Sabriah Spencer each register 3-point games

Photo courtesy of HBU  Athletic Media Relations Department 
NATCHITOCHES, LOUISIANA (October 18, 2015)  HBU women’s soccer scored three second-half goals to erase a 1-0 Northwestern State lead in a 3-1 Huskies win Sunday afternoon from the Lady Demon Soccer Complex.

HBU (8-4-1 overall, 6-2-0 SLC) was led by Jessa LeBlanc and Sabriah Spencer, who each registered three-point games on the day; a career-high in points for LeBlanc. Blake Martin took a match-high four shots for HBU. Alanis Guevara earned the win in goal as she made four saves.

Cassandra Briscoe scored for Northwestern State (5-8-3, 2-4-2), as she and Brittany Caserma had a team-best three shots apiece. Alex Latham suffered the loss between the pipes as she stopped six shots.

The Lady Demons scored the game’s first goal just six minutes in, as Esdeina Gonzalez’s shot was deflected, but the rebound went to Briscoe who scored from 10 yards out.

HBU outshot the Lady Demons, 10-8, in the opening half, but Northwestern State doubled up the Huskies in corner kicks, 4-2.

HBU put the pedal to the metal to start the second half, with three corners and two shots on goal in the first 12 minutes, but nothing to show. The Huskies broke through in the 61st minute, as LeBlanc scored the equalizer, assisted by Spencer, who sent in a terrific cross.

After clearing two corner attempts by the Lady Demons, the tandem of LeBlanc and Spencer struck again to give HBU a 2-1 lead in the 83rd minute, as LeBlanc passed to an open Spencer in the box.

Sixteen seconds after entering the game as a sub, Gabby Rodriguez gave the Huskies some insurance, as she took advantage of a Northwestern State defensive miscue and beat Latham in the 88th minute for a 3-1 Huskies advantage.

HBU outshot the Lady Demons, 7-3, in the second half and 17-11 in the match. Northwestern State held a slim 4-3 advantage in second-half corner kicks and controlled the corners, 8-5, in the match.

HBU returns to Sorrels Field for the final three matches of the regular season, beginning with a Friday night tilt against McNeese State on Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

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