Lady Buffs booted from playoffs

The sixth-seeded West Texas A&M womenâ??s soccer teamâ??s season came to an end Friday afternoon with a 4-1 loss in the first round of the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional to third-seeded Metro State at the Lewis-Chen Family Field on the campus of St. Edwardâ??s University . With the loss, WT finishes the season with a 13-7-1 record, while Metro State improved to 14-5-2 and will move on to battle second-seeded St. Edwardâ??s University Sunday at 2 p.m.

â??I donâ??t like to end our season with is particular loss,â?? head coach Chad Webb said. â??When you enter the NCAA Tournament everyone is so good you can play your best game and still not win. It wasnâ??t our best game as we gave up two goals on free kicks and weâ??ve been pretty good on free kicks this season.â??

Metro State maintained much of the offensive possession early on, but MSU leading scorer Karisa Price came up liming early on and tried to fire two early shots which when high in a very stiff wind at Lewis-Chen Family Field. She has a team-high 15 goals on the year.

The Roadrunners had the first real scoring opportunity as they had a free kick from the top of the box as the ball was fired into the defensive wall for the Lady Buffs just under 10 minutes into the contest.

Just under 15 minutes in, the Lady Buffs had a great opportunity as freshman Haley Girard had a good look for a shot from the right post as the ball went across the front of the goal and went wide for a goal kick.

Price had a great turn-around look outside the box to the left corner, but junior goalkeeper Yvette Bedoy was up to the challenge forcing the corner kick with a diving save. WT came right back with nice moves from senior Lindsay McHorse up field to senior Kelsey Wright for a shot and corner kick with 22 minutes remaining in the half.

Later in the half, WT had another good look as sophomore Jasmine Schultz and senior Leslie Briggs hooked up, but Briggsâ?? shot went off the post.

After a shot from the right post by Brandi Farley, which was saved by Bedoy, as Noemy Polanco fired from the left side on the rebound for the score and a 1-0 lead at the 38:15 mark into the first half.

For the half, the Roadrunners outshot WT 8-4 and 4-1 in shots on goal. Both teams had one corner kicks, while Bedoy had three saves. Abby Rolph and Price led MSU with three shots and one on frame each, while the Lady Buffs were led by Briggs who had two shots.

â??We had a plan and it kind of worked at the beginning as Lindsay (McHorse) found the ball between the two lines and created a bit of a problem, but the final pass let us down a few times and they cleared a few off the goal line,â?? Webb added. â??Then in the second half we werenâ??t able to get the ball and get much going offensively.â??

Off a corner kick by Rolph, she sent a ball to the left post as Price dished off to Kelci Newlin who fired off the volley from straight-on and 10-yards out for a score and a 2-0 lead at the 56:46 mark. Metro State then added its third goal at the 59:27 mark as Price flicked a pass to Rolph who fired over Bedoy from 15-yards out.

The Lady Buffs got on the scoreboard with a long shot from 25-yards out from senior Becky Peth as the ball hit the right post and in for the score at the 75:29 mark for a 3-1 deficit. It was Pethâ??s first goal of the season.

â??Becky (Peth) who was our consistently our effort leader all season was dangerous today and plays in the back,â?? Webb said. â??I moved her to midfield and look at what she did.â??

Metro State added a late goal for the final 4-1 margin.

Despite the loss, the Lady Buffs had a season to remember with their sixth Lone Star Conference championship and tournament championship, 13 wins in the season, head coach Chad Webb who was named Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year. Individually Briggs tallied 19 goals to lead the conference and rank in the top five in the nation, as well as being named Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

â??I am sad to see our seniors end like this, but I am hope they are proud of what they accomplished this season as I know there are a lot of people in Canyon, Texas, who are,â?? Webb added.