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LETU soccer: Women previal; men tie

Sept. 4, 2016 at 11:37 p.m.


WOMEN

LETU 1, SCHREINER 0: LeTourneau University women's soccer won 1-0 in a Saturday matchup against Schreiner University at the Joyce Family Athletic Village.

The YellowJackets improve to 2-0 to start the season for first time since 2002.

A foul in the box in the 7th minute earned senior Stephanie Vana a trip to the penalty spot. Vana stepped to the ball and placed it in the right corner of the net to put the YellowJackets up for good.

The YellowJackets continued to put pressure on the Mountaineers from Schreiner putting five shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Brittany Hollis made two saves and the defense helped her to reach a second straight shutout to start the season.

At Sunday's game, LeTourneau University Athletics and the YellowJacket soccer team had the privilege to welcome honorary captain Lexi Edwards as she joined the team on the field for pregame introductions and coin flip.

Lexi is a 10-year-old fourth-grader from Hallsville who was diagnosed in July with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a childhood hip disorder.

Lexi's mom, Jamie Buchanan and dad, Timothy Buchanan, first introduced Lexi to soccer at the age of 6. She fell in love and has played nothing else since.

"It is soccer year round for this little ray of sunshine," Jamie Buchanan said. "Soccer is everything to her. The thing she has been upset about the most is that she can no longer play soccer."

LETU Athletics along with the support of fans were able to raise more than $500 from T-shirt, bracelet and concessions sales to help Lexi and her family defray the cost of her treatments. She had surgery in August and will have her cast removed in a few weeks after which she will have to remain in a wheelchair for a minimum of a year.

LeTourneau women's soccer will return to the pitch at the Joyce Family Athletic Village at 6 p.m. Tuesday to take on Centenary College (Louisiana).

MEN

LETU 0, SCHREINER 0: LeTourneau University men's soccer played Schreiner University to a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes of action at the Joyce Family Athletic Village on Saturday.

Junior goalkeeper Brian Howell recorded his second straight shutout between the posts, the third of his career. Howell made seven saves and commanded the YellowJacket defense who has played 204 minutes without giving up a goal so far this season.

In the 83rd minute, the YellowJackets (1-0-1) were knocking on the door with an attack that drew the keeper out. A crossing ball deflected off freshman Zachariah Malik and Schreiner goalkeeper Blake Lawson and it looked to be heading toward goal until a Mountaineer defender cleared it away just before crossing the goal line.

"We fought hard and defended well. We created chances but we were not able to put them away. It was a fair result for a tough game," said head coach Matt Haesecke.

There were 24 total shots in the game with 13 of those being handled by the goalkeepers. Freshman Attikus Martinez and Zachariah Malik led the YellowJacket attack each putting two shots on goal.

LETU men's soccer will return to the Joyce Family Athletic Village at 8 p.m. Tuesday for a showdown with Centenary College.

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