Lady Buffs defeat Oklahoma Baptist 3-0 at The Pitch

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The Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M scored three goals in the opening half as they extended their win streak to four games with a 3-0 victory over Oklahoma Baptist in front of 213 fans at The Pitch. The Lady Buffs improve to 4-1-0 on the season matching their best start since 2009.

"I think we played an excellent first half," head coach Chad Webb said. "Our energy level was really high and were able to use our quickness to get behind their defense. With that being said, we had to defend a little too much in the second half but I am happy with the result and now we turn our attention to Southern Nazarene."

The Lady Buffs pressured the OBU defense from the opening whistle with Emily Avila putting a shot on-target in the 2nd minute on a corner kick from Marlene van Mourik. Just a minute later, they took a 1-0 lead on Calista Cordero's first goal of the season. The sophomore got on the end of Hannah Kelley-Lusk's long ball at the right moment before beating the keeper at the far post.

Kelley-Lusk recorded her first shot of the game in the 6th minute forcing a save from OBU's Emily Griffith. She would have another chance in the 20th minute before doubling the Lady Buffs advantage in the 27th minute with her third goal of the season. The Farmington, New Mexico product read Jessica Diaz's long ball perfectly to slot the ball into the back of the net.

Khaline Jacob's goal in the 38th minute made it 3-0 in favor of the home team as the Lady Buffs used another long ball to dispatch the OBU defense. Coming on as a sub in the 35th minute, Jacob needed only three minutes to score her four of the season after using her speed to get the inside position on another long ball from Diaz followed by a classy finish to the far post.

The Lady Bison came close to getting a goal back in the opening minutes of the second half but Courtney Dippel came up with a pair of impressive saves on shots from Hannah White and Emmily Infante. The pressure continued just after the hour mark but Dippel once again was there to keep the clean sheet. Her most impressive save of the evening came on a long range shot from Tori Kitchel in the 76th minute but the senior keeper calmly punched over the net for a corner kick. In total, she made seven saves for her fourth win of the season while recording her second shutout.

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