Buff women's, and men's soccer nab weekend wins
A pair of goals propelled the West Texas A&M women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon at The Pitch over visiting Fort Lewis. Sophomore Marlene van Mourik and freshman Calista Cordero each scored goals as the Lady Buffs posted their second-straight shutout to begin the season.
Sophomore Marlene van Mourik scored her first goal of the season and eighth of her career at the 10:43 mark in the first half. WT out-shot Fort Lewis 14-5 and 8-3 in shots on goal. van Mourik had eight shots with five on frame and the game winner.
WT continued on the attack in the second half and scored the insurance goal at the 87:32 mark as freshman Calista Cordero scored her first collegiate goal off assists from junior Khadidra Debesette and sophomore Shanelle Arjoon. The tandem found Cordero with a long pass to the right of the goal as the keeper came out to challenge. Cordero flicked the ball past Britt Blomso for the score.
The Lady Buffs improved to 7-1 all-time against Fort Lewis and 4-1 all-time in Canyon. WT now has outscored Fort Lewis 22-6 with three shutouts.
The Lady Buffs conclude the home stand Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against New Mexico Highlands at The Pitch.
Five, second half goals by the West Texas A&M men’s soccer team sparked the Buffs to a thrilling 5-2, come-from-behind victory at Colorado State-Pueblo Sunday afternoon. Junior Callum Challinor scored two goals, including the game winner.
CSU-Pueblo was on the board first, leading 1-0 at halftime. -WT senior Evan Bozman tied the game at the 57:03 mark in the second half. A minute later, CSU-Pueblo rallied back with a goal of their own. Junior Ivan Ulloa scored his first goal of the season on the PK for a 2-2 score at the 63:33 mark for the first of four-straight unanswered goals by the Buffs.
Challinor scored the game winner at the 68:09 mark and redshirt freshman Cal Bryan scored his first collegiate goal off an assist from junior Julio Vargas seven minutes later. Challinor put the finishing touches on the win with his second goal at the 83:00 mark for a 5-2 lead.
-Freshman goalkeeper Alexander Vencel had five saves in the game for the Buffs between the posts and improved to 2-0 on the year.