Alabama A&M Women’s Soccer Shutouts Alabama State 1-0 On Senior Day; Earns Program Shutout Record

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M (9-7-1, 8-1-0 SWAC) locked in defensively for a record fourth straight game as they defeated rival Alabama State (6-8-3, 5-3-1 SWAC) 1-0 in an NCAA Division I women’s soccer game on Friday, October 29 on Senior Day.
 
The clean sheet equals the program single season record of eight shutouts set in 2006 and is a program record fourth straight shutout. The latter breaks the record of three that was set this past Wednesday against Grambling.
 
The Hornets offense was more active in the first half as Grace Norbury fired a shot on the bottom right side of the goal at 7:04 only to see it saved by senior goalkeeper Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.). The Bulldogs responded 11 minutes later as junior forward Jameela Barrett (London, England) fired the ball to the right side of the net but it would not connect at the 18:32 minute mark.
 
Over the next 14 minutes Alabama State would have four more shots on goal by Katherine Nedved, Isabella Beortegui, McKenna Wiscombe and Camila Jimenez but all would be saved by Medina. At the 34:59 minute mark sophomore midfielder Victoria Mealing (Alexandria, Va.) would take the final shot of the half as she drove the ball to the middle of the net but it would be saved by Sheila Sanchez.
 
From there neither team would record another shot as they headed to the half scoreless.
 
The Bulldogs started the second half determined to get on the scoreboard, with senior midfielder Tateyanna Pitter (Kingston, Jamaica) firing a shot on goal at the 50:34 before Norbury responded with a shot for Hornets only to Medina corral it.
 
The Bulldogs continued applying pressure as Barrett fired two shots on goal, with the second one finding the net. That one would be the difference maker as she proceeded to bury the ball to the back left side of the net for a 1-0 margin at the 58:59 minute mark.
 
Over the next 23 minutes ASU would attempt to even the score as Kristen Thomas and Nedved both fired a shot to the right corner of the net but could not get it past Medina. From there the Bulldogs closed out the record-setting performance to lock up the No.3 seed in the 2021 Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament.
 
Barrett fueled the offense for the Bulldogs with her game-winner to go three shots on frame. Medina played all 90 minutes, making eight saves to secure the shutout and moves to 9-7-1 on the year.
 
Nedved led the way for the Hornets, notching four shots with one on goal. Sheila Sanchez anchored the defense as she went the distance, playing all ninety minutes with five saves and giving up one goal to fall to 5-6-2.
 
The Bulldogs will next travel to Prairie View, Texas for the first round of the SWAC Tournament on Thursday, November 4 where they will likely take on Southern. Game time and official pairings are yet to be announced.
 

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