By Terrisa Mark, Assistant Sports Information Director Alabama A&M
Pine Bluff, Ark. – Alabama A&M (5-7-1, 4-1-0 SWAC) delivered a pair of goals in the first half that fueled a 3-1 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-11-0, 0-5-1 SWAC) in an NCAA Division I women’s soccer game on Friday, October 15.
The Bulldogs were the first to get on the scoreboard as sophomore forward Gabby Cumby (Corpus Christi, Texas) took a feed from junior forward Laura Jansa (Barcelona, Spain) and proceeded to put it in the back middle of the net for a 1-0 margin at 29:23.
The Golden Lions would respond five minutes later as Briana Hernandez would connect with Madison Hernandez, who drove the ball to the bottom center of the goal to even the game at 1-1.
AAMU would then take the lead with less than two minutes left as junior forward Makayla Rushing (Red Oak, Texas) assisted Jansa, who connected the ball into the right side of the goal to head to the break up 2-1.
Both teams were scoreless in the second half until the Bulldogs broke through in the 70th minute as Jansa would take it herself, driving the ball to the back right corner. That would be the last goal of the game as the Bulldogs closed out the 3-1 decision.
Jansa fueled the offense for the Bulldogs with a pair of goals and an assist, while Cumby added a score and Rushing had an assist. Senior goalkeeper Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.) played all 90 minutes, making eight saves to improve to 5-7-1.
Hernandez led UAPB with one goal and Kimberly Moss anchored the defense as she went the distance, playing all 90 minutes in net making three saves and allowing three goals to move to 0-3-3.
The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, October 17 against Grambling with a 1 p.m. kickoff in Ruston, Louisiana.