Aggie Soccer Shuts Out Lamar 4-0

The Aggie soccer team shut out the Lamar Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday afternoon as the team wrapped up it's non-conference home schedule.  The Aggies got a pair of goals from Crystal Burns, one from Cassie De Leon and one from Veronica Subu en route to the victory.  "Lamar was a much stronger test than Friday and I think we responded well," said head coach Michael Needham after the game.  "It was a different level of pressure, a different level of intensity in the game and I think our kids did a nice job of handling that, particularly in the second half and getting the ball on the ground and starting to play a little bit more."

Cassie De Leon put the Aggies up 1-0 in the 8th minute of the game as she slipped a shot past Lamar goal keeper Kylie Robinett on a rebound cross pass from Baili Foutz off a corner kick from Crystal Burns.  "That was a really good pass.  We put Cassie in to start today and she scored a goal in the 8th minute.  I'm very happy with that," said Coach Needham.  "It was a composed finish, you can miss those.  She didn't she's pretty good in front of the goal like that."

The two teams would go into halftime with the Aggies leading 1-0.  Crystal Burns would put the Aggies up 2-0 in the 64th minute.  "We do a nice job of getting her free from the top of the box and she's pretty tough from there," said Coach Needham.  "She hit a ball well.  She shoots a lot and for her to have a couple go in the goal this weekend was really important."

Veronica Subu would add to the Aggie lead in the 84th minute.  "It was a great pass from Crystal [Burns], she plays a ball and Dani De La Vina does so many little things for us and her vision creates that goal," said Coach Needham.  "When you play against good teams, and Lamar was a good team, they competed everywhere and they were organized and the way you're going to beat an organized defense is not by playing safe and easy, it takes some creativity and a bit of deception and Dani played a great ball in, Subu the first touch to the goal and goes one-v-one against the keeper and does a nice job of being composed and finishes it."

Crystal Burns would cap the goal scoring for the Aggies in the 86th minute off an assist from Veronica Subu.  "To finish off the scoring with another ball that gets behind for Veronica Subu, she runs onto it.  We talk a lot to our forwards about picking players out on crosses.  It's a lot like a fast break in basketball where you're trying to find the open player for a layup," said Coach Needham. "Veronica did a nice job of finding Crystal and Crystal doesn't miss from there."

"Today all the goals came from the run of play.  Friday night we scored off two penalty kicks, we scored off a couple corners, today they all came from the run of play which is good," said Coach Needham. "I think we're pretty dangerous going forward, we're definitely good on set pieces but it was good to get some goals from the run of play and actually be able to break another team down which I felt we did."

The Aggie defense pitched their third shutout in a row.  "Anytime you can do that you're pretty happy," said Coach Needham.  "Both our goal keepers picked up shutouts this weekend, our back four picked up two shutouts and that's good for our confidence going forward.  We still have some things to clean up."

The Aggies will return to action this week when they head on the road to finish up non-conference play.

"The big thing again is that we're playing our best soccer heading into conference and we're starting to hit on cylinders which is good," said Coach Needham.  "The back four is a big part of that.  If you're steady in the back it solves a lot of problems. You don't have to score four to win, you can score two or score one and win.  When your back four and goal keepers are doing a good job it's refreshing."