Bears Claim 2-0 Win Over Grambling State

Bears Claim 2-0 Win Over Grambling State

CONWAY, Ark. ( – Requiring a little more fight than expected, the Bears claimed a 2-0 win over Grambling State Friday night, grabbing their second home win of the season.

The win improves the women's soccer team to 2-3-1 on the year. With one more non-conference tune-up on the schedule, the Bears are starting to find a solid rotation as the ASUN portion of the schedule approaches.

It was a great start for Central Arkansas, who dominated the first half with possession and deep drives. Barely sixty seconds into the game, Anna Kerr let a shot fly that nearly got past the keeper, but the goaltender kept just enough of the ball in front of her to keep it out of the net. Central Arkansas would continue to apply pressure to the Lady Tigers until they finally broke, as Abby Gibson powered home a score in the 30th minute on a corner kick from Kelly Van Gundy. It marked Gibson's first score of the season, the fourth Bear to score this season.

The offense kept up the attack deep into the first half, with fresh substitutes bringing new legs to the fray. Nearing the end of the first stanza, Maria Vanegas and Emily Wissel-Littmann forced saves from the Lady Tigers to keep it a one score game at the midway break.

As the second half started, the pace of play noticeably shifted, transforming more into a grind-it-out style as the teams ramped up the physicality. With the exception of a shot here and there, the ball bounced around in the middle third of the field, with each defense bunkering in and daring the other side to make the run. Central Arkansas kept plunging into the deep end of the offensive side, drawing fouls at midfield and letting Taylor Webb send in long, arcing passes into the box. But try as they might, the Bears just couldn't find another score.

As the clock ticked down, Central Arkansas earned another free kick, this one just 27 yards from the promised land. Lining up what could have been either a pass or a shot, Vanessa curled a right-footed ball past the outstretched arms of the Grambling State keeper into the left side of the goal, improving the lead to 2-0 with 75 seconds remaining.

Up next for Central Arkansas is a battle with Big 12 foe Oklahoma State. Playing at 1 p.m. on Sunday, it marks the final non-conference game of the fall.

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