Lady Lions break into win column


The Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team grabbed win No. 1 of the 2013 season on their sixth try Monday at Pumphrey Stadium.

The Lady Lions (1-5) defeated the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles 9-0 as seven different players scored for UAPB.

“It was good to get our first win,” second-year head coach Rohan Naraine said. “We worked on some things and were able to get a shutout and score some goals.

“We got a chance to have some players play in different positions.”

Naraine emphasized the importance of staying focused when playing against an NAIA school like Williams Baptist (0-4).

“They’ve got a good team,” Naraine said. “They are really young (13 of 17 players are listed on the roster as freshmen) but talented, and in a few years they should be really good.

“But, you’ve got to stay disciplined and make sure to work on some things, which we did working on crosses and getting players in diffferent positions.”

Senior midfielder Czelene Carrera kicked off the scoring barrage and then assisted on the second goal scored by Kayla Reynolds. It was the first goal of Reynolds’ college career and the first of two goals on the day for the freshman midfielder.

Senior defender Molly Stone had arguably the day’s most impressive goal. The first-team preseason All-SWAC selection struck a free kick from near midfield that snuck in under the crossbar to make it 3-0.

After a goal from senior forward Celeste Carrera and Reynolds’ second of the game, junior midfielder Emily Antoku scored the Lady Lions’ sixth and final goal of the first half.

In the second half, UAPB scored two quick goals off crosses into the box. The first one was scored by junior defender Erica Cervantes, the first goal of her college career, according to her coach. The second goal was the third of the season for sophomore forward Traebiyana Dimanche.

According to Celeste Carrera, who assisted on Dimanche’s goal, hitting more crosses was a point of emphasis at halftime.

“We talked about getting the ball out wide to allow the wings to have the opportunity to get more crosses in,” she said. “That was something we definitely talked about at haftime.”

Celeste Carrera, who also scored the game’s final goal, said she and her teammates had to concentrate on staying disciplined in a lopsided game.

“I can’t go out there and just lose my head,” she said. “I just have to keep my mechanics the same.

“You have to go out there and treat it just like every other game.”

Even after a blowout win, Naraine saw some things his team needs to improve.

“We have to work on improving our movement off the ball,” he said. “We also need to make more overlapping runs.

“We’re also working on getting our fitness where we need to get it. We aren’t there, yet, but we’re getting closer.”

UAPB will head to Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend to participate in the University of North Florida Tournament. The Lady Lions will play the host school at 7 p.m. Friday and Florida Atlantic at noon Sunday.

It will be UAPB’s second trip to Florida this season. The Lady Lions opened the season on Aug. 23, with a 7-0 loss to South Florida in Tampa.