Alabama A&M Advances To SWAC Tournament Semifinals with 1-0, Double OT Vctory Over Southern; First Trip Since 2008

PRAIRE VIEW, Texas – Alabama A&M (10-7-1, 9-1-0 SWAC) women’s soccer impressively locked in for 104 minutes as they defeated Southern (5-10-2, 3-5-1 SWAC) 1-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament quarterfinal on Thursday, November 4.
 
The win advances the Bulldogs to the semifinals for the first time since November 7, 2008 and equals the most wins in a season since the 2007 team went 10-7-3.
 
The clean sheet breaks the team single season record of nine shutouts set in 2006 and is a program record fifth straight shutout. The latter breaks the record of four that was set on Friday, October 29 against Alabama State.

The Jaguars offense came out firing as Surya Nero put a shot on the bottom right side of the goal in the first minute only to see it saved by senior goalkeeper Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.).
 
The Bulldogs responded five minutes later with back-to-back shots from junior forwards Laura Jansa (Barcelona, Spain) and Makayla Rushing (Red Oak, Texas) at the 6:16 and 7:14 minute marks, respectively, but could not connect. Over the next 32 minutes Southern would have three more shots on goal by Kaitlyn Hale, Aniya Clark and Cordney Armstrong but would be turned away by Medina.
 
Over the same time period the Bulldogs also registered three shots by Rushing, junior forward Gabby Cumby (Corpus Christi, Texas) and sophomore defender Brooke Linney (Collerville, Tenn). The latter came at the 38:24 minute mark but all would be saved by Jaguars goalkeeper Chioma Eriken.
 
Alayla Jackson would take the final shot of the half as she drove the ball to the middle of the net but it would be turned away by Medina at 41:32.
 
From there neither team would record another shot at 41:43 to keep the game scoreless as the teams headed to the break deadlocked.
 
Alabama A&M started the second half with junior forward Jameela Barrett (London, England) firing a shot on goal at 59:54 before Miamour Mesa responded with a shot for the Jaguars only to see Medina corral it.
 
AAMU continued applying pressure as Cumby fired a shot on goal at the right side of the net only to be saved by Eriken at 69:41. SU would respond and have the final two shots before the end of regulation by Amina Booker and Webb at 83:18 and 85:34, respectively but Medina would be equal to the task on both, sending the clubs to overtime.
 
In the extra session Alabama A&M would fire a single shot as Barrett attempted to bury the ball to the bottom left of the net but was denied in the 100:00th minute.
 
The teams would continue the defensive battle as neither managed a shot in the first three minutes of the second overtime, something that would change in the 104th minute. Sophomore midfielder Fernanda Valencia (Lawton, Okla.) would seize the opportunity on a corner kick by Jansa, crashing into the box and heading the ball to the left side of the net to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory.
 
The win punched the Bulldogs ticket to the semifinals where they will battle against No. 3 seed Grambling.
 
Valencia’s game-winner was the offense for the Bulldogs while Medina played all 90 minutes making 11 saves. It is her ninth shutout of the season and fifth straight.
 
Webb, Nero and Hale led the way for the Jaguars, notching two shots on goal each. Eriken anchored the defense as she went the distance, playing all ninety minutes and giving up the lone goal to end the season at 4-10-2.
 
The Bulldogs will take to the field at 5:30 p.m. as they battle against GSU for the SWAC Tournament semifinals on Friday, November 5.
 
Fans can follow all the action on both live stats and live video as well as full coverage on the SWAC Tournament Central Page. There will also be full recaps of all the action available on www.AAMUSports,com, the official home of Bulldog Athletics, following the completion of the game.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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