POSTED: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 7:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am


The UTB/TSC women's soccer team secured its first win ever over an NCAA Division I opponent with a 3-1 victory over Texas Southern University Wednesday, September 9, at REK Center Field.

It was the first home game and first victory of the season for the Scorpions, who now post a 1-1-1 season record. TSU, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, is now 1-2.

"Any win is important and we feel happy with the win today," head women's soccer coach Nik Barjaktarevic said. "I don't feel happy with the way played again because against a more serious opponent we'd get crushed."

UTB/TSC controlled the first half, getting off 15 shots compared to four for TSU, but the game remained scoreless for the first 43 minutes. The Scorpions had seven shots on goal, but could not convert until the final two minutes.

That's when Scorpion co-captain sophomore forward Linette Cuvillier got past her defender on the left side after a pass from Abigail Perez. Cuvillier drilled a shot right past the Lady Tigers' keeper for the first point of the game. The score remained 1-0 at halftime.

The second half started with a bang for the Scorpions. Helen Wagstaff sent a corner kick into traffic in front of the goal, and sophomore forward Verena Wonsikowski converted the opportunity with a goal at the 42:39 mark.

Just three minutes later, there was congestion at the goal after Wagstaff's attempt at a goal was blocked by a TSU defender. Freshman midfielder Aimee Young was there for the rebound and scored to make it a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers came back to cut the lead to 3-1 on a breakaway goal by Florence Onyera at the 31:33 mark.

Barjaktarevic feels confident the team will start executing a more decisive game against other opponents,

"We expect to get tougher as a team as we get ready for conference," he said. "Today we scored two quick goals but we can't keep our opponents playing against us for too long."

The Scorpions will play seven straight road games over the next five weeks, starting with a meeting against Texas A&M International University at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 in Laredo.

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