The first-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer program finally got to play its first home match on Friday, and the Greyhounds made the most of it.
Sophomore forward Jonathan Holman scored a pair of unassisted goals in the second half and ENMU shut out St. Edward’s 2-0. It was also the first win in the new Southwest Soccer Conference for the Hounds (3-3-1, 1-2-0 SSC).
ENMU rode a strong defensive effort to the victory, preventing the Hilltoppers (1-4-1, 1-4-0) from getting a shot on goal in the match.
“St. Edward’s has some really good players, and they made it really hard for us to get through,” ENMU men’s assistant coach Carlos Elizondo said. “But our boys finally broke through.”
Holman, who now has four goals this season, broke the tie just over six minutes into the second half when he beat an SEU defender on the left wing and chipped the ball from an extreme angle past goalkeeper Scotty McNabb and into the far corner of the net.
With just over nine minutes left the Hounds sent a long clearing pass ahead of the defense, and Holman bolted in and dribbled the ball past McNabb to put the game on ice.
ENMU faces a stiff challenge at 1 p.m. today when it hosts Midwestern State, ranked ninth in NCAA Division II. The Indians lost a tough one on Friday at West Texas A&M 3-2.
“It’s going to be a tough match for us, but everybody’s excited about the game,” Elizondo said. “The boys feel as though we have an opportunity, and I think we can take advantage of that.”
Southwest Soccer Conference
ENMU 2, St. Edward’s 0
St. Edward’s 0 0 — 0
ENMU 0 2 — 2
ENMU — Jonathan Holman (unassisted), 51:17
ENMU — Holman (unassisted), 80:48
Shots on goal — St. Edward’s none, ENMU 10. Corner kicks — St. Edward’s 4, Eastern New Mexico 4. Saves — St. Edward’s 7 (Scotty McNabb 7, team 1), Eastern New Mexico none. Yellow cards — St. Edward’s 2 (Nick Messenger, Giovanni Barletta), Eastern New Mexico 5 (Martin Gallegos, Joey Ongaga, Joseph Alvarez, Holman, Pedro Gallardo). Records — St. Edward’s 1-4-1 (1-4-0), Eastern New Mexico 3-3-1 (1-2-0). A — 139.
Women’s soccer — The Zias won consecutive matches for the first time in their two-year history, sweeping NAIA opponents College of the Southwest 3-1 on Friday at Hobbs and UT-Permian Basin 6-0 on Saturday at Odessa, Texas.
“The biggest thing for us was to make believers out of ourselves,” ENMU coach Travis McCorkle said. “Last year we never won two in a row, but this year we knew we could do it.
“The only thing we didn’t do was get two shutouts. For us, those are big things.”
ENMU (4-4) broke a scoreless halftime tie against CSW with goals from junior forward Valerie Noriega, assisted by Nicole Bregler; junior forward Jessica Rosas, assisted by Megan Dozier, and junior forward Karly Parkins, assisted by Dozier and Lezlie Varner. The Lady Mustangs got their goal with about five minutes left.
Against UTPB, the Zias led 3-0 at halftime and continued to play add-on as sophomore midfielder Anna Funck had two goals and two assists.
Dozier, assisted by Funck, put the Zias ahead with an early goal. Funck added two more later in the half, the second on an assist from Nicole Johnson.
In the second half, Bregler scored off a corner-kick play, then assisted on a goal by Varner. Johnson got the final goal on an assist from Funck.
McCorkle said sophomore midfielder Stacia Givens played well opposite Funck.
“That makes us a lot more dangerous when we’re playing well on both sides of the field,” McCorkle said.
The Zias now prepare for a four-match homestand, beginning with their Lone Star Conference opener at 3 p.m. Friday against Texas Woman’s. They continue LSC play at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Texas A&M-Commerce.
Volleyball — ENMU capped a successful weekend in the Lone Star/Heartland crossover tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond,, extending its overall winning streak to seven matches on Saturday with a 30-27, 30-22, 23-30, 30-18 win over St. Mary’s.
Sophomore middle blocker Grace George pounded down 15 kills with only one error and added nine block assists as the Zias improved to 8-2 for the season with their win over the Rattlers (10-4).
Coach Mike Maguire said George and fellow middles Emilie Rodman and Lindsay Schiely helped pick up the slack with senior outside hitter Anna Bellum having a bit of an off-day.
“We played pretty well the whole tournament, and it was everybody,” Maguire said. “Anna struggled a little today, but the others picked her up. I was really pleased; we played together as a group.”
ENMU was credited with three solo blocks and 28 block assists.
“We set the tone early by blocking really well against a team with some big players,” Maguire said.
On Friday, the Zias thumped St. Edward’s 30-27, 30-22, 23-30, 30-18 as Bellum compiled 20 blocks, 21 kills and two aces, and they cruised past winless Incarnate Word 30-19, 30-28, 30-22 with six players compiling double figures in either kills or digs.
The Zias play their final home match until mid-October on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start against Wayland Baptist at Greyhound Arena.
Lone Star/Heartland Tournament
At Edmond, Okla.
ENMU 3, St. Mary’s 1
St. Mary’s 21 25 30 27
ENMU 30 30 23 30
Kills — St. Mary’s, Morgan Spencer 23, Lindsey Van Horn 19, Meagan Lowry 13, Anna Seals 10. Eastern New Mexico, Grace George 15, Anna Bellum 14, Lindsay Schiely 14. Block solos — St. Mary’s, Van Horn 1, Lowry 1. Eastern New Mexico, Bellum 1, George 1, Schiely 1. Block assists — St. Mary’s, Lowry 5, Shelly Wilson 3. Eastern New Mexico, George 9, Schiely 5, Bellum 4, Emilie Rodman 4. Set assists — St. Mary’s, Wilson 52. Eastern New Mexico, Margie Goble 52. Digs — St. Mary’s, Spencer 21, Katy Migl 17, Collanne Bramblett 13. Eastern New Mexico, Goble 14, Bellum 13, Jessica Weeks 12, Kelley McGinty 11, Olivia Boan 10. Aces — St. Mary’s, Bramblett 3, three tied with 1. Eastern New Mexico, Schiely 4, Bellum 2, McGinty 1. Records — St. Mary’s 10-4, Eastern New Mexico 8-2. T — 2:05. A — 50.
ENMU 3, St. Edward’s 1
St. Edward’s 27 22 30 18
ENMU 30 30 23 30
Kills — St. Edward’s, Erika Figueiredo 18. Eastern New Mexico, Bellum 20, George 11, Schiely 10. Block solos — St. Edward’s, Bernadette Chavez 1. Eastern New Mexico, four tied with 1. Block assists — St. Edward’s, Jamie Shackelford 7, Lauren Munselle 3, Angela Vorpahl 3. Eastern New Mexico, George 5, Rodman 5. Set assists — St. Edward’s, Stephanie Martin 38. Eastern New Mexico, Goble 37. Digs — St. Edward’s, Figueiredo 25, Shackelford 17, Martin 11, Chavez 10. Eastern New Mexico, Bellum 21, McGinty 20, Boan 14, Weeks 14, Goble 10. Aces — St. Edward’s, Figueiredo 3, Chavez 2, Martin 2. Eastern New Mexico, Bellum 2. Records — St. Edward’s 5-8, Eastern New Mexico 6-2. T — 1:50. A — 25.
ENMU 3, Incarnate Word 0
Incarnate Word 19 28 22
ENMU 30 30 30
Kills — Incarnate Word, Kari Chapman 16. Eastern New Mexico, Bellum 13, Rodman 12. Block solos — Incarnate Word, Chapman 2, Lori Rektorik 1. Eastern New Mexico, George 1, Rodman 1. Block assists — Incarnate Word, Chapman 1, Amy Silva 1. Eastern New Mexico, four tied with 1. Set assists — Incarnate Word, Jackie Napoles 26. Eastern New Mexico, Goble 9. Digs — Incarnate Word, Brandi Garcia 13, Hannah Werchan 12, Samantha Jacoby 11. Eastern New Mexico, Boan 12, McGinty 12, Weeks 12, Goble 10. Aces — Incarnate Word, Chapman 3, Silva 1. Eastern New Mexico, Bellum 2, McGinty 1. Records — Incarnate Word 0-9, Eastern New Mexico 7-2. T — 1:30. A — 50.