Blinn women’s soccer shutouts Northeast Texas, 5-0
Jessica Vital scores two goals and one assist
BRENHAM, Texas — The Blinn College women’s soccer team shutout Northeast Texas Community College, 5-0, at Rankin Field Tuesday.
“It was great to see our team keep a clean sheet and have a fantastic conversion rate on the chances,” head coach Michael McBride said. “At both ends of the field we were very pleased and that was a great performance.”
With the win, the Buccaneers improve their overall and conference record to 2-0.
“This team has an energy and they really care about each other, and that shows on the field all of the time,” assistant coach Alexandria Jackson said. “When things get hard they really grind it out and they always want to play and get after teams. They are really building confidence after two big conference wins, so I think they will continue to grow and get better.”
The Buccaneers offense was explosive as they outshot Northeast Texas 26-1. Jessica Vital led the Buccaneers with two goals and one assist, while Morgan Zachos recorded one goal and two assists. In addition, Alyssa Gomez scored one goal and Jocelynn Lausell recorded one assist.
“Opening the season with two conference wins is a big confidence booster and makes us look forward to every other game,” Lausell said. “We had good possession during this game and knew where to pass it which comes down to the really good chemistry this team has.”
Goalie Hope Hillhouse had one save to record a shutout.
Blinn took off with a 4-0 lead in the first half. The Buccaneers took a 1-0 lead when Northeast Texas scored an own goal in the 20th minute. Then, Vital scored the next two goals in the 30th and 41st minutes for the Buccaneers to lead 3-0. Both of Vital’s goals were assisted by Zachos. Gomez scored in the 44th minute and was assisted by Vital for the final goal of the half.
In the 52nd minute, Lausell passed the ball off to Zachos to score and extend Blinn’s lead to 5-0 for good.
Blinn men’s soccer tops Northeast Texas, 3-1
Diego Berlingeri tallies nine saves in win
BRENHAM, Texas — The Blinn College men’s soccer team topped Northeast Texas Community College, 3-1, at Rankin Field Tuesday.
With the win, the Buccaneers improve their record to 2-0 overall and in conference play.
“We did some very good things and some very naive things, so I think finding consistency with this team is key,” head coach Michael McBride said. “The managing of the game at the very end was excellent. In the last five minutes, the players made some really good tactical decisions which we were thrilled about.”
On offense, Marco Del Vecchio scored one goal and recorded one assist to lead Blinn. Oliver Hebbard and Alex Ramirez each scored one goal, while Stefan Fevrier Sildor and Cesar Cabrera each recorded one assist.
“Overall, it was a slow start, but we found a way to get some goals in and come out on top,” assistant coach Jacob Beerman said. “A lot of guys stepped in the second half that showed more energy. Diego Berlingeri was excellent tonight and communicated well with the defenders.”
Goalkeeper Berlingeri totaled nine saves in the win.
“Communicating with my defense and placing guys where they needed to be was key tonight,” Berlingeri said. “We kept fighting and kept the intensity going because we wanted to keep the lead. It is awesome to open the season with two wins and we want to keep the streak going.”
Northeast Texas scored the first goal in the 15th minute to open the game with a 1-0 lead. However, Fevrier Sildor assisted Del Vecchio in scoring Blinn’s first goal to tie the game in the 23rd minute. The Buccaneers grabbed a 2-1 lead when Hebbard scored in the 31st minute following a pass from Del Vecchio. In the 37th minute, Cabrera assisted Ramirez in scoring Blinn’s final goal for the Buccaneers to take a 3-1 lead for good.
Next, the Buccaneers will compete against Jacksonville College on Friday, April 9, at 5 p.m. at Rankin Field. The Blinn women’s soccer team will open the doubleheader against Jacksonville at 3 p.m.
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(COURTESY: Tara Dreyer, Blinn Information)