Sun, Sep. 16, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
Article Courtesy of Vanessa Curry, Tyler Morning Telegraph
The Apache Ladies offense gave Western Texas College's goalkeeper a workout Saturday night beating her to the punch time and time again en route to a 5-0 shutout.
Tyler Junior College (4-1-1) found the back of the net twice in the first half, and ramped up the offense to add three more in the second half including two from sophomore midfielder Stacie Murray.
The Apache Ladies tallied 24 total shots on goal for the game against Lady Westerner goalie Thalia Limon who had 17 saves and not much help from her defense.
The Western Texas team never gave up, but spent most of the time at its own end of the field trying to keep out of trouble.
"Tyler's a good team, you can't take anything away from that," Lady Westerner Coach Shawn Uhlenhake said. "The wheels just fell off for us at the end."
The start of Saturday's game was delayed about an hour when the WTC bus had some mechanical difficulty en route from Snyder.
"We left this morning at 7:30 and drove straight here . . . and then the bus broke down," Uhlenhake said. "That's not an excuse, but it was sure tough on our team."
TJC Coach Corey Rose said WTC was a lot better than he expected.
"They worked hard, which made us work hard," he said. "This was a good time for us to work on our championship mentality."
He said he discussed that with the players during halftime, telling them they needed to be faster in getting to the ball and more aggressive on defense.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Martindale got the Apache Ladies on the scoreboard at the 38:07 mark in the first half when she got Limon to commit too far away from the net and threaded a shot past her.
About five minutes later, teammate freshman Brooke Green added to the score to give the Apache Ladies a 2-0 lead going into the half.
Murray scored the first of her two goals with 37:09 on the clock in the second half after she capitalized on a rebounded a shot from Alice Coyne that hit the post.
With less than two and a half minutes remaining in the game, Tori Spears and Khalisha Bond combined for a goal in similar fashion Spears' shot bounding off the goal post straight to Bond who kicked it in. Coyne added a goal with 26 seconds remaining.
Western Texas managed only one shot on goal for the night.