Alabama A&M Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Jackson 1-0 In SWAC Action

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M (7-7-1, 6-1-0 SWAC) locked in defensively for 90 minutes as they defeated Jackson State (4-11-2, 3-3-2 SWAC) 1-0 in an NCAA Division I women’s soccer game on Sunday, October 24.
The Bulldogs offense was more dominant in the first half as junior forward Makayla Rushing (Red Oak, Texas) fired a shot on the bottom right side of the goal at the 7:21 minute mark but was saved by Tionna Taylor. JSU would take their chance on goal as Annalise Brunson drove the ball to the left side of the net but it was saved by senior goalkeeper Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.) at 22:53.
More than 16 minutes’ later sophomore defender Brooke Linney (Collierville, Tenn.) fired the ball to the top left corner of the net, only to see it knocked away and keep the clubs deadlocked. From there neither team would record another shot as they headed to the half scoreless.
The Tigers started the second half determined to get on the scoreboard, with Sage Margruder firing a shot on goal at the 53:01 minute mark before AAMU responded with back-to-back shots by sophomore forward Gabby Cumby (Corpus Christi, Texas) and junior forward Jameela Barrett (London, England). Both resulted in saves by Taylor.
The Bulldogs continued applying pressure, recording four shots on goal. Only one would find the back of the net but it would be the difference maker as Cumby took a feed from Rushing and then proceeded to bury the ball to the back middle of the net for a 1-0 margin at the 83:41 minute mark.
With less than three minutes to go JSU would attempt to even the score as Magruder fired a shot to the right corner of the net only to be saved by Medina.
Cumby fueled the offense for the Bulldogs with one goal, while Rushing finished with an assist and one shot on frame. Medina played all 90 minutes, making seven saves to secure the shutout and moves to 7-7-1 on the year.
Brunson led the offense for the Tigers, notching six shots and a pair on goal. Taylor anchored the defense, as she went the distance playing all ninety minutes with five saves and giving up one goal to fall to 4-9-2.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, October 31 as they take on rival Alabama State. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. at Bulldog Field.

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