Alabama A&M Falls 2-0 To Grambling In SWAC Tournament Semifinals

PRAIRE VIEW, Texas – Alabama A&M (10-8-1, 8-1-0 SWAC) women’s soccer could not overcome a pair of goals and fell to Grambling (9-7-2, 6-2-1 SWAC) 2-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament semifinals on Friday, November 5.
 The Tigers wasted no time in taking the lead as they would get on the scoreboard in the third minute. Lizbeth Aguero took it herself and would drive the ball to the back right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Over the next 28 minutes, neither team would generate any offense before Aguero would fire a shot to the bottom right side of the goal but it would be saved by senior goalkeeper Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.).
AAMU would have the final shot of the half as junior forward Laura Jansa (Barcelona, Spain) drove the ball to the center of the goal but Britt Verhees would coral it at 38:42. From there no one would record another shot to keep the game at a 1-0 margin.
GSU started the second half with Kailey Pena firing a shot on goal at 60:17 but it would not connect before Aguero drove the ball to the left side of the net but Medina would be equal to the task.
The Tigers continued applying pressure and with under two minutes left in the game as Pena fired two shots on goal. The second one found the net to double their lead at the 88:03 mark, effectively wrapping up what would be a 2-0 decision.
Jansa led the offense for the Bulldogs with one shot on goal while Medina played all 90 minutes, making two saves and allowing a pair of goals to close out the season at 10-8-1.
Pena and Aguero fueled the offense for GSU with one goal each and Verhees anchored the defense, playing all 90 minutes and making one save to secure the shutout and move to 6-1-0.
With the loss, the Bulldogs close out a historic season that included a seven game win streak that tied for the second longest in program history behind 10 straight from September, 21 to November, 5 2006.
It also featured a program best nine shutouts in a season and record five straight clean sheets to go with the first semifinal appearance in 14 years.

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