Hornets and Tigers Match Ends in Draw

Kendal Manns, Senior Staff Reporter/Writer

The Alabama State University Hornets (5-6-3) tied with the Jackson State University Tigers (4-10-2) in a 1-1 draw at ASU Soccer Complex on Oct. 22. 

The Hornets took the lead early as freshman midfielder Camila Jimenez scored the game’s first goal just 38 seconds later. This goal would be the fifth of the season for the Florida native. Both teams battled for the remainder of the first half as they struggled to convert on opportunities to score.

It was not until after intermission that another point was put on the board by the Tigers. Tiger forward Annalise Brunson scored off the crossbar to tie the game in the 52nd minute. With a 1-1 score, neither had any luck scoring. Both teams went scoreless for the final 58 minutes, including two overtime periods. 

Part of the teams’ offensive struggles was due to the play from each team’s goalies. The Hornets’ own Sheila Sanchez recorded a game-high six saves in her 110 minutes of action.  Tigers’ goalie Tionna Taylor was not too far behind, logging three saves in her 110 minutes on the field. 

The Tigers outshot the Hornets 14-9, although the Tigers outshot the Hornets 8-7 in the final 65 minutes. The match included 20 fouls and six corner kicks as well. 

“It was a great, hard-fought conference game tonight. I am really pleased with our effort and play,” said Alabama State head coach Jodie Smith. 

The Hornets look forward to their final home game of the season against the Southern University Jaguars on Oct. 24. This game will also be Senior Day, where seniors Mary Martin Mooneyham, Janae Brown, and McKenna Wiscombe will be honored.