By Dave Wagner
Another five minutes and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team could have been looking at an upset.
Texas A&M-Commerce, coming off its own upset on Friday at NCAA Division II No. 2-ranked West Texas A&M, converted two first-half corner kicks — one from each corner — and held on late for a 2-1 Lone Star Conference win over the Zias on Saturday at the ENMU soccer field.
Sophomore midfielder Tiffany Adams headed in teammate Erin de Wolfe’s corner kicks to stake the Lions (7-2-1, 2-0-0 LSC) to a two-goal halftime lead.
Commerce, though, had to hang on after ENMU freshman Lauren Standifer tapped in a centering pass from Megan Dozier with about seven minutes left. The Zias had the ball in Commerce territory much of the remaining time but couldn’t scramble in the tying goal.
The second-year Zias (5-5, 1-1), who lost at Commerce last year 8-0, saw their three-match winning streak come to an end.
“Eastern New Mexico is a lot better team than they were last year,” Commerce coach Neil Piper said. “It was a hard match, and they made us work for it.”
Piper said the match at WT had taken something out of his squad.
“We played really well yesterday and we spent a lot of energy,” he said. “We really just wanted to get out of here with a win.”
Standefer, who scored the winning goal in overtime on Friday in a 2-1 win over Texas Woman’s, said it just took the Zias a little too long to get cooking.
“If we’d have played like that the whole game, we probably would have tied or won that game,” she said. “I thought we really pulled together at the end.”
ENMU coach Travis McCorkle was disappnoted the progress the program has made since last season.
“It’s a big change for us,” he said. “Last year we played over there and got absolutely killed. I think we showed we can play with them a little bit.”
ENMU 2, Texas Woman’s 1 (Friday) — The Zias opened LSC play with a come-from-behind win over the Pioneers.
Trailing 1-0, ENMU freshman Kara Henderson scored on a header off a corner kick from Nicole Bregler with eight minutes left. That forced overtime, and Standefer got the winner with nine minutes gone when Dozier redirected Standefer’s pass back to her and she headed it in from close range.
“Megan made a really great run,” Standefer said. “I sprinted in and headed it in. It was exciting; it’s a great feeling, especially to get a head on it.”
Lone Star Conference
Texas A&M-Commerce 2, ENMU 1
A&M-Commerce 2 0 — 2
ENMU 0 1 — 1
A&M-C — Tiffany Adams (Erin de Wolfe), 27:35
A&M-C — Adams (de Wolfe), 41:50
ENM — Lauren Standefer (Megan Dozier), 82:51
Shots on goal — Texas A&M-Commerce 11, Eastern New Mexico 4. Corner kicks — Texas A&M-Commerce 8, Eastern New Mexico 0. Saves — Texas A&M-Commerce 4 (Amber Ramoz 3), Eastern New Mexico 9 (Amanda Vanlandingham 6, Stephanie Sanchez 3). Yellow cards — Texas A&M-Commerce 1 (de Wolfe), Eastern New Mexico 1 (Tiffany Adams). Records — Texas A&M-Commerce 7-2-1 (2-0-0), Eastern New Mexico 5-5 (1-1). A — 71.
Lone Star Conference
ENMU 2, Texas Woman’s 1, OT
Texas Woman’s 1 0 0 — 1
ENMU 0 1 1 — 2
TWU — Christine Hornisher (unassisted), 35:33
ENM — Kara Henderson (Nicole Bregler), 81:53
ENM — Lauren Standefer (Megan Dozier), 99:00
Shots on goal — Texas Woman’s 6, Eastern New Mexico 11. Corner kicks — Texas Woman’s 4, Eastern New Mexico 11. Saves — Texas Woman’s 9 (Krista Elbert 8, team 1), Eastern New Mexico 5 (Stephanie Sanchez 3, Amanda Vanlandingham 2). Records — Texas Woman’s 3-5 (0-1), Eastern New Mexico 5-4 (1-0). A — 65.