By: Adrian Miller
Soccer fans witnessed a sensational match at Coleman Sports Complex this afternoon with Little Rock (LR) hosting Texas State. A game-winning score by Texas State’s Alyssa Phelan in the 105th minute of double-overtime ended the highly competitive bout with a final score of 3-2. The Trojans struck first with a goal by freshman Lillian Davis in the 30th minute. Her first goal of the season was a perfectly angled redirect kick that landed in the upper left corner. Davis sent LR into the locker room with a 1-0 lead at halftime. LR’s defense was stellar in the first half, holding the Bobcats to only two shots on goal.
Texas State picked up its offensive production in the second half. The Bobcats’ Kaylee Davis scored in the 59th minute to knot the score at 1-1. Eight minutes later in the 67th, Texas State’s Kassi Hormouth struck from 30 yards out to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead. Good defense on both sides kept the score the same until LR’s Morgan Smocovich scored on a penalty kick with 36 seconds remaining in regulation. The freshman’s third goal of the season tied the score 2-2 and forced overtime.
With only five minutes remaining in the second overtime, Phelan’s cross, just out the reach of sophomore goalie Kate Hamilton, sealed the victory for the Bobcats. The goal also ended LR’s hope of going undefeated at home this season.
LR showed plenty of effort against the Sun Belt Conference’s top team and should feel confident entering their final three games of the season, which are all away games. The Trojans are yet to get a road victory, but will look to reverse that trend starting Friday, Oct. 20, at Georgia Southern.