BATESVILLE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – They may have been outshot 36-4, but the final score in the scrimmage opener at J. Marshall Huser Field only showed NCAA D-I University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans with a 2-1 advantage in goals over NAIA Lyon College when the matchup was completed.
One of the reasons Lyon College hung tough was the play of goalkeeper Stephanie Spiteri (So., Hayward, Calif.). On the afternoon, she sacrificed her body time and time again, registering 13 saves in the 90 minutes she worked in the goal.
The Trojans, who have been working out since Aug. 1, were stunned early on in the contest when Lyon's Chandler Rae (So., Harrison, Ark.) took a pass from redshirt freshman Monica Ayala (Bogota, Colombia) on a breakaway and sliced the ball into the net to give the Scots a 1-0 lead 11:26 into the contest.
Lyon College, which only began fall drills on Saturday, kept the advantage for almost five minutes. But UALR knotted the game at 1-1 at the 16:17 mark when junior Holly Holland (Little Rock, Ark.) scored just inside the box on a pass from Paige Mason (Jr., Fresno, Calif.).
The contest appeared as if it might end in a deadlock on the scoreboard, but the Trojans were able to penetrate the stingy play of Spiteri with 8:17 remaining when Alyson Rohane (So., San Diego, Calif.) scored on apass from Ariel Gailetti (So., Lake Balboa, Calif.) on the left side of thegoal.
A critical series of plays that kept the Scots in the matchup came around the 16:30 mark when Spiteri recorded three saves in less than 10 seconds on shots from point-blank range and five in a span of two minutes. Those plays and the play of her teammates around the goal enabled the Scots to stay close.
Rae attempted three of the four shots on the afternoon for the Scots. Ayala added the team's fourth shot attempt.
Rohane led the Trojans with nine shots, including eight shots on goal. Mason attempted six shots. UALR finished the match with 21 shots on goal.