Aggressive ball movement and solid play in the goal carried the Northeastern A&M Lady Norse soccer team to a 3-0 shutout Sunday afternoon in the season opener on the NEO pitch against Dodge City (Kan.) Community College.
Coach Lisa Bell's Lady Norse begin the road portion of the regular season Thursday with a 5 p.m. match against the arch rival Lady Ravens of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
"Our girls played hard the entire match against Dodge City," Bell said. "Not only did we do a good job of keeping the ball moving, but we had several shots on goal go off the pipes and just barely miss. I didn't expect us to be that aggressive in our first match, but it was a good thing to see."
The Lady Norse built a 1-0 lead midway through the first half as freshman forward Danielle Coffman, from Marshfield, Mo., scored on a shot coming down the left side.
Another Lady Norse freshman, defender Joya Smith, from Nassau, Bahamas, hit a long shot just before half-time as NEO carried a 2-0 lead to the locker room.
NEO's final goal came early in the second half as freshman forward Anastasia Luevano, from Waco, Texas, hit a shot straight down the middle.
Freshman goalkeeper Mickaela Branson, from Ozark, Mo., earned the shutout for the Lady Norse.
"Mickaela did a great job of communicating with the defense," Bell said. "She also was great at coming out of the net to take away any scoring chances by Dodge City."