Lady Hornets seek redemption in Troy
TROY, Ala. (bamastatesports.com) – In one of last season’s biggest “what if” matches, the Alabama State women’s soccer team carried a 2-1 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in their match against Sun Belt Conference stalwart Troy.
The Lady Hornets had captured the lead when Ariela Lewis and Larissa White each scored within a span of one minute and 32 seconds between one another in the 40th and 42nd minutes.
In goal, Gianna Guyot played the full 90 and made a number of plays to give ASU a chance to spring the upset.
Instead, late goals by Allison Jones and Brooke McKee pushed the Trojans to victory.
It’s one where ASU knows they were close and could have dramatically changed the trajectory of the season with a confidence-boosting claim.
“We knew that we had a chance to grab a quality win,” said 10th year ASU head coach Jodie Smith.
“[In last season’s match up against them] we valued the ball, kept it moving and executed the things that we wanted to do. We played well, worked hard, and let it get away. We need to be better there. We have to remember that it’s the next one up.”
Alabama State (0-2) gets its chance at redemption on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a trip to Troy.
Troy (3-1) is off the heels off a 1-0 victory against Jacksonville State on Sunday in which freshman Quarli Stone scored her first career goal for the difference and Mikki Lewis set a new Troy record with her 23rd career shutout.
The Lady Hornets have had a nine-day break to reassess their strategies after dropping matches at Georgia State and against Austin Peay.
“We’ve been focusing on working in the back,” Smith said.
“We have to show that we can make better decisions going forward. We’ve had chances to score, but haven’t. We can’t let those opportunities slip away. The energy and work rate has been good in practice this past week. We know it’s early in the season. We’ve had a good week of training and we’ve had a chance to rest up so hopefully we will be fresh.”
ASU did find success in last season’s match against Lewis as the Lady Hornets scored twice versus her in 45 minutes of play.
“When you’re facing Troy, there’s the in-state opponent [element to it] that brings a little more to it,” Smith added.