The Lady Bisons soccer team defeated East Central University (ECU) 4-1 on Saturday, Oct. 31, ending their regular season.
Following a loss on Tuesday, Oct. 27 against Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), the Lady Bisons played yet again on a wet and muddy field, which is a less than ideal condition, according to head coach Greg Harris. However, Harris said the Lady Bisons were focused and determined to win.
Freshman defender Mika Richards scored the first goal of the night off of a corner kick, giving the Lady Bisons the lead soon after the game started. Shortly after, freshman midfielder Bethany Sutherland scored the second goal and sophomore forward Rachel Bacon scored the third, putting the Lady Bisons up 3-0 before half time.
“Being up 3-0 at half time is great; the girls came out and handled their business,” Harris said. “Of course, the game is not over by any means, but we put our signature on that first half really well.”
Harris said taking such a huge lead so early allowed the Lady Bisons some freedom and reduced stress levels going into the second half. After sophomore forward Carley Stevens secured the fourth goal, the Lady Bisons allowed ECU one goal from a penalty kick, but won the game soon after.
Senior midfielder Ashley Sampson said she was proud of the teamwork and connection the Lady Bisons showed on Saturday, Oct 31.
“That’s what we do and what we know how to do, so it’s always good to see when we work together and score as a team,” Sampson said. “Everybody worked hard.”
On Thursday Nov. 5, the Lady Bisons defeated Southern Nazarene University (SNU) 2-0 in their first game of the Great American Conference (GAC) tournament. The win secured their spot in the championship game. The Lady Bisons will host Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. to decide the GAC tournament champion.