Soccer makes Tarleton history

By: Reese Keeling

Multimedia Journalist

The first home soccer game in Tarleton State University history took place Aug. 25. The women’s soccer team brought home the win and will continue to prepare for the upcoming season. 

The girls prepared all summer to start off strong and carry the history of the university’s first ever soccer team, and that is what they did.

Using Tarleton’s brand-new soccer field, the team played an unforgettable game, beating the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6-0. 

The stands were packed with thousands of Texan supporters and fellow student athletes.

“First and foremost, it was an unbelievable atmosphere. When I took this job, this was something I dreamed of,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “When every player committed to wearing the purple and the white, this was something they dreamed of, was this first home game.” 

Freshman Avery Harr started the game off by scoring the first goal in the first six minutes. 

Freshman Mila Bettinelli scored the second goal of the game, taking the Texans to a score of 2-0. 

Ending the half with a 3-0 lead, sophomore Adriana Alonso-Gomez scored the third point of the game.

To pick up the second half of the game, freshman Sydney Rouillard scored the goal, leading the team 4-0. Five minutes later, she scored again to bring the team another point, staying at top 5-0. 

Scoring the final goal, freshman Brianna Rodriguez found an easy opening to get the last point in the 89th minute.

“And I don’t know how many thousands of people were here, but I don’t think anybody could of beat us tonight with this crowd and this energy and atmosphere,” Cuadrado said. “It was such a fun experience and something that all of us will never forget.”

The Texans brought the community a game worth watching and has set the bar high for the remainder of the season. 

The women’s soccer team is set to play Alcorn State (0-2) on Sept. 2.

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