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Women's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 12, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Jacqueline Talley made three saves in the second half to keep HIU in the match against UAV
Jacqueline Talley made three saves in the second half to keep HIU in the match against UAV
University of Antelope Valley
Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International hosted University of Antelope Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in a non-conference test at Fullerton College. The Royals played an excellent first half that was undone by the Pioneers in the final moments of the second period, resulting in a 2-1 loss for HIU.

HIU came out strong and had two dangerous chances in the opening minutes of the match, as a header from Jazzmyn Esquivel went just over the crossbar and a shot from Daisy Gallegos was saved by the UAV keeper.

The Royals tested the UAV keeper again with a deep strike by Jessica Bautista five minutes later and continued to pepper the goal with shots throughout the first 30 minutes of the match. Finally, in the 34th minute Esquivel was able to pin a shot along the left post after Leigha Williams and Kelly Ruiz worked a ball in from right to left for the scoring chance. Esquivel moved into a tie with Jenna French for eighth in program history with 16 career goals after the strike gave HIU a 1-0 lead.

After the halftime intermission the game changed rapidly and was nearly a mirror image of the first – UAV looked dangerous from the first whistle of the second period and immediately tested HIU keeper Jacqueline Talley with four shots in the opening five minutes.

The Royals' back line struggled to match the high pressure from UAV's forwards in the second half and as a team HIU had difficulty maintaining possession in the Pioneers' half to give their back line a rest.

Talley makes a number of great saves in the second half, including several on breakaway one-on-one chances for UAV, only to watch the Pioneers profit from an own-goal in the 60th minute.

The Pioneers' first score came on a set piece from a free kick that was well-defended initially before a shot ricocheted off an unaware HIU defender into the back of the net for the equalizer.

The Royals continued to struggle offensively and relied on Talley to challenge breakaway plays and clean up mistakes. In the 81st minute HIU got lucky with wide open look that went wide left for UAV and struggled to control 50/50 balls in second half. The Pioneers' heavy pressure throughout the second period allowed them to cut off most HIU passes and keep possession for long stretches on the Royals' half.

With time winding down, UAV worked for one last corner kick and sent in a cross from the right side with under two minutes remaining. An HIU center back cleared the initial danger with a header, but the ball dropped to the feet of a UAV striker who buried a great shot in the top left corner for the win.

HIU outshot UAV 8-0 in first half but was outshot 12-0 in the second half and did not mount a serious offensive attack after halftime – Talley saved or successfully challenged nearly everything that came her way but was unable to hold Esquivel's early advantage after the own-goal and while facing constant pressure from the UAV forwards.

HIU falls to 3-2-1 on the year after back-to-back losses and will be in action again this weekend at NCAA DII opponent Biola on Saturday, Sept. 16 in its final non-conference test before GSAC play opens next week. The Royals will be at home again next Thursday to open up conference play against Arizona Christian at Fullerton College beginning at 10:30 am.

W - Soccer
Overall GSAC Streak
4-3-2 (.556) 1-0-1 (.750) Won 1