A goal in the third minute placed the Midwestern State women's soccer team into an early deficit against No. 4 Angelo State before the Rambelles added three second half scores in a six-minute span to record a 4-0 victory over the Mustangs Friday evening at the ASU Soccer Field.
The four goals are the most Midwestern State (7-4-3, 3-3-2 LSC) has allowed since a 4-1 defeat to Central Oklahoma back on Oct. 20, 2006 in Wichita Falls.
In the opening minute of the first period, senior forward Sierra Anderson delivered the eventual game winner for Angelo State (13-1-1, 7-1-0 LSC) 2:46 into the match as she sent a shot into the net off a cross from junior midfielder Haley Mendel for a 1-0 ASU lead.
"Somehow we got caught in the transition," said head coach Damian Clarke. "We were a bit unfortunate when the ball came across. We had a defender fall down and she (Sierra Anderson) was able to grab the ball and poke it in. The rest of the first half we played really well. They struggled getting the ball into their half. The difference in the quality of opportunities was the difference in the game. Our effort was fantastic. I don't feel like we put our head down. I'm proud of the mentality but disappointed in the result."
The Mustangs kept the match at 1-0 until the 57th minute when Mendel placed a shot into the upper right corner of the net off a ball from sophomore defender Callie Smith for a 2-0 score.
Less than six minutes later, sophomore forward Tiffany Dang made it a 3-0 contest with a rocket from 30 yards out. The Rambelles rounded out their scoring just seconds later with sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Rodriguez sending a shot at the right post that ricocheted into the net off a through ball from junior midfielder Demi Tsambasis.
Midwestern State outshot the Rambelles 13-11 but senior goalkeeper Shantel Wittke collected all seven shots on goal for the Mustangs to record the clean sheet. ASU finished with nine shots on goal for the match.
Sophomore forward Destinee Williamson totaled three shots to lead the Mustangs with one on goal. Freshman defender Imani Morlock and freshman midfielder Taylor Robinson tallied a team-high two shots on goal.