Alabama A&M Women’s Soccer Earns Fifth Straight Win, 1-0 Over Grambling; Ties Program Shutout Mark

MERIDIAN, Miss. – Alabama A&M (8-7-1, 7-1-0 SWAC) locked in defensively for a third straight game as they defeated Grambling (5-8-2, 6-1-1 SWAC) 1-0 in an NCAA Division I women’s soccer game on Wednesday, October 27.
The victory marks the programs third consecutive shutout tying a team record set this past Spring. That team earned three straight 1-0 blankings against Alcorn State, Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M from March, 19 to March 28.
The Bulldogs would get on the scoreboard in the 12th minute and it would end up being the difference maker. With 11:53 gone by Junior forward Makayla Rushing (Red Oak, Texas) took a feed from junior midfielder Alana Paul (Clinton, Md.) and proceeded to bury the ball to the back middle of the net for a 1-0 margin.
Over the next 33 minutes, GSU would attempt to even the score with shots on goal from Hannah Roach, Aria Whitney and CaLeigha Callahan but all three would be saved by senior goalkeeper Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.). The Bulldogs would then head to the half with that one goal margin.
AAMU started the second half similar to the first, with senior midfielder Sherice Clarke (St. Catherine, Jamaica) firing a shot on goal at the 52:41 minute mark before the Tigers responded with back-to-back shots by Kailey Pena and Ariyanna Buggs. Once again Medina was equal to the task making both saves.
At the 77:14 minute mark Sydney Gober would strike at the bottom left side of the goal only to see it saved. That would be the second to last attempt by Grambling, the other going high in the 82nd minute while the Bulldogs would have the final shot of the game as junior forward Laura Jansa (Barcelona, Spain) drove the ball towards the net but it would not connect with less than six minutes left.
Rushing fueled the offense for the Bulldogs with the lone goal of the game while Paul delivered an assist on the play. Medina once again played all 90 minutes, making 15 saves to secure the shutout and moves to 8-7-1 on the year.
Pena led the offense for the Tigers, notching five shots with four on goal. Britt Verhees anchored the defense as she went the distance playing the entire game with two saves and giving up one goal and falls to 3-1-0.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, October 29 as they return home to tackle rival Alabama State at 3 p.m. for their final regular season game before heading to the Southwestern Athletic (SWAC) Tournament.
This game was originally scheduled for Sunday, October 17 but was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances in the Grambling community.

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