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Fri, Sep. 15, 2017 - [Women's Soccer]

OKLAHOMA CITY – After a disappointing result on Saturday, the Mid-America Christian University women's soccer team returned home on Friday knowing that with the Sooner Athletic Conference schedule looming in just 11 days, their tilt against the University of Houston-Victoria would be an important test. It was a hard-fought affair, but when the match was over, MACU had grabbed an important victory.

MACU (3-1) survived a second half push from UHV (0-1) to take a 3-1 win, with Jennifer Starwalt making a half dozen saves in the second half to help preserve the win.

Starwalt entered the match with 15:11 to play in the first half after a collision sent the Lady Evangels' starting goalkeeper out of the match, and she was not tested in the remainder of the period. MACU had grabbed the early lead on a beautiful combination pass from Brittney Stephens and Alissa Tapp that sprung Allyson Pamplin on the left wing side for her fourth goal of the season. Tapp picked up a second assist in the 19th minute when she fed Stephens for her fourth goal, giving MACU a 2-0 lead that they took with them into the intermission.

The Jaguars came out in the second half and put great pressure on the Lady Evangels, but Starwalt was up to the challenge. She made two saves in the first three minutes of the second frame, and she finished the match with six stops, all coming after halftime. UHV got on the board in the 64th minute when Lauren Leslie out-battled Starwalt and a MACU defender for a loose ball at the top of the box, but Starwalt responded well, making a brilliant save off a chance from UHV's Kaitlyn Finger in the 68th minute to preserve MACU's lead. With less than 10 minutes to go, Starwalt denied another great chance, this one from UHV's Emily Lupton, again keeping the Lady Evangels out in front, and with just 3:10 to play, Kelsey Janko iced the match for MACU, cashing in a turnover from just outside the box to provide the final margin of 3-1.

Starwalt (1-0) earned the victory for MACU, while Amanda Bautista (0-1) was hit with the loss in goal for the Jaguars.

MACU will be back in action on Monday afternoon when they head to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Manhattan Christian College Thunder (0-7) on Monday afternoon. The match is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m.