With third straight win Women’s soccer defeat Lubbock Christian 1-0 at Stang Park

Women’s soccer defeated Lubbock Christian 1-0 with a goal from Cassidy Savoy (No. 17), forward and psychology sophomore, for Midwestern State’s third straight win on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Stang Park. Savoy shot a total of three times and took advantage of those chances to score; landing the winning goal.

“I told the girls that later in the year, you’re not going to get as many chances to score, so you better score them and be good defensively,” Ryan Spence, head women’s soccer coach, said. “Overall, I thought we played consistent, which is good. We did well possessing the ball, but Lubbock Christian got us a little bit defensively in the first half. In the end, I think we did good keeping the ball. I think that’s what kind of showed, especially in the second half.”

Savoy scored in the 33rd minute from a corner kick from Alyssa Salinas (No. 5), biology and pre-physical therapy junior, which Savoy connected with a header that directed the ball straight to the back of the net. Salinas stacked her third assist of the season and has had three straight matches with a goal or an assist. The Mustangs played wide that allowing for more crosses to get inside the box.

“The mindset was getting it wide and going forward and creating plays and I feel like that’s what we did. Crosses were good, we just weren’t getting on the end of them [crosses], but I thought it was consistent,” Spence said.

In the first half, the Mustangs had five shots and five corner kicks in a consistent and strong first half. The momentum stayed with the Mustangs into the second half, both offensively and defensively.

“I think we started the second half strong and we built momentum in the first half,” Kelly Cannistra (No. 8), captain, midfielder and health services administration senior, said. “We were possessing the ball a lot, which is always good because it causes a lot of chances to score.”

The Mustangs finished with a total of 12 shots while Lubbock Christian had nine. The difference in shots by the Mustangs was highlighted by a season-best four shots by Isabella Cruz (No. 7), midfielder and nursing freshman. Cruz had a few narrow misses in the second half that were saved by Lubbock Christian’s goalkeeper, Hannah Wise.

“I was super close. They had a great save. I played it through for two of my shots, I dribbled and shot it left corner and she had a good save on it,” Cruz said. “I’m a freshman and keep trying to get it in the back of the net. I haven’t scored this season, but I feel it coming soon. I’ve been hitting the crossbar; I’ve been getting shots like tonight and they keep making the save. I’m always this close!”