Blinn Women’s Soccer Upsets No. 13 LSU-Eunice, 1-0
BRENHAM, Texas — The Blinn College women’s soccer team upset 13th-ranked Louisiana State University-Eunice, 1-0, at Cub Stadium Friday.
With the win, the Buccaneers improve to 4-2 overall and sealed their third shutout this season.
“We played with a lot of energy, togetherness, and had an unbelievable finish to win it,” head coach Michael McBride said. “Lexington Kneedler had the awareness to know the keeper was off the line just by a little bit and the technical execution of her goal was perfect. We defended well and it was a complete performance.”
Freshman midfielder Kneedler led the Buccaneers with three shots, two shots on goal, and one goal, while freshman midfielder Morgan Zachos recorded two shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Hope Hillhouse led Blinn with four saves.
“I feel like we fully dominated that game, kept the ball and moved it around a lot, so I am pretty proud about how we played,” Kneedler said. “It felt great to score and I feel like we deserved that goal after all of our hard work, so I am glad that I contributed to the game. We stayed positive throughout the game, communicated with each other, and we really figured it out at the end.”
Blinn and LSU-Eunice each used strong defenses to keep the game scoreless in the first half. Kneedler broke away in the 73rd minute to score the only goal of the game for Blinn to take a 1-0 lead for good.
“I think the key today was working as a group and the girls have bought into the fact that they have to work together as a team,” assistant coach Alexandria Jackson said. “We know the talent that Lexington has, and she has scored two goals in the last two games and is just getting started. LSU-Eunice gave us a great game, but we are believing in what we are doing, and I am happy as a coach.”
Next, Blinn will resume conference play against Paris Junior College on Tuesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. on the road.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987.