Lady Hornets blank Jackson State 1 nil in SWAC soccer tourney

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas  (  – In another defensive test of wits and endurance, the Alabama State women’s soccer team pushed forward with a 1-0 victory against Jackson State in a SWAC quarterfinal at Prairie View A&M’s new soccer facility on Thursday.

Aaliyah Lewis had the game-winner on a set piece from Britanee Harris in the 16th minute to lift the Lady Hornets (9-9-1 overall) to a semifinal match up with either No. 2 Texas Southern or No. 7 Prairie View A&M on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

It was Aa. Lewis’ 17th career game-winning goal at Alabama State.

“Good, hard, gritty win,” said ASU head coach Jodie Smith, whose team has now won four straight and seven of its past eight.

“Our defense was really tested.  We bent, but did not break.  Gianna [Guyot] made big saves when we needed them.”

Similar to the teams’ earlier meeting this season in which they battled to a 0-0 tie in Jackson, Miss. on Oct. 16, the third-seeded Lady Hornets and sixth-seeded Lady Tigers (4-12-1 overall) split the shots taken evenly at seven apiece.

Guyot (9-6-1) made five saves to earn her second shutout of the season (two combined) and lowered her goals against average to 1.69.

Lady Tigers counterpart Kylie Christian made four saves.

“It was nice to get the lead especially off a set piece,” Smith said.

“It’s something we work on so it was great to see us execute.”

ASU has reached the championship in two of the previous three seasons (2015 and 2013), but has yet to win the championship and earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

They’ll have to an opportunity to get back to that round on Friday.

“Now, we have to take care of ourselves, rest up, and be ready for the semifinal.  As the saying goes, ‘Survive and move on.’”