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Tue, Oct. 3, 2017 - [Women's Soccer]

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Mid-America Christian University women's soccer team opened the home portion of their 2017 Sooner Athletic Conference schedule on Tuesday afternoon when they hosted St. Gregory's University, and the match proved to be a test for the MACU squad. The match also provided textbook proof for why players should never give up on a play.

Allyson Pamplin kept hustling on a loose ball in the box in the 80th minute, and she cashed it in to lift MACU (7-1, 2-0 SAC) to the 2-1 win over St. Gregory's (4-5, 0-2 SAC) to the 2-1 win.

MACU struck first in the 10th minute on a somewhat broken play. Kierra Morgan tried to send a pass to Brittney Stephens, which was deflected into the air, but Stephens kept hustling and she headed the ball over Cavaliers' goalkeeper Mallory Adams to break the ice. The lead was short-lived however as just 1:07 after Stephens scored, SGU's Hanna Arthur lofted a left-footed shot into the upper left corner of the goal to tie the score at 1-1. SGU had two great chances to take the lead late in the first half, but MACU goalkeeper Jennifer Starwalt made a sliding stop on a shot from Arthur on the first chance, and on the second, SGU's Alexis Quintero hit the post, then slid past the rebound trying to deflect it in the goal, and at the half, the match remained tied at 1-1.

MACU carried the play in the second half, but the Cavaliers defense kept the MACU attack frustrated into the 80th minute. At the end of the 80th minute, MACU's Morgan went down trying to draw a foul in the box to no avail, but Pamplin kept playing while others did not, and she cashed in the loose ball for a goal to give MACU the 2-1 lead late. Quintero had another chance to tie it late, but again she hit the post, and MACU held on for the 2-1 win.

Starwalt (4-0) earned the win with a pair of saves, and Adams (4-5) took the loss despite making eight saves in the match.

MACU will hit the road for a key road test on Saturday when they take on the John Brown University Golden Eagles (8-2, 2-0 SAC). The match is slated for 1 p.m.