Natalee Henry’s goal wins NSU 1-0 over Little Rock in exhibition
NATCHITOCHES—At Natalee Henry’s goal in the 20e minute was the only tally in a 1-0 win for the Northwestern State Women’s Soccer Team over Little Rock.
Henry, who was second on the team with 14 points in 2021, ran down the right flank, receiving a lobbed pass into the penalty area from Caroline Hilliard. The grad student put the ball into the corner of the net past a diving Little Rock goalie, Paige Henry, to give NSU a lead they wouldn’t give up.
“We worked on shooting and finishing in training,” Nathalie Henry said. “I just took that into consideration and was able to put him in the corner for the goal.”
NSU turned the tide on the Trojans after falling 1-0 at Little Rock last season.
Despite the only goal of the game, the Lady Demons controlled much of the game, racking up 17 shots to just six for the Trojans.
The teams played three 30-minute periods, as opposed to the normal two 45-minute halves.
In the first period, NSU compiled eight of their 17 shots, dominating the first half by 30 minutes, including the connection on the game’s only goal. Whereas Nathalie Henry had the goal for the home team, she almost had two more too.
“In the first 30 minutes we were pretty solid and worked the ball well,” the NSU head coach said. Stuart Gore said. “In the 30 seconds I thought they were the better team, then in the last 30 we were the stronger team with our possession.”
At the fifth minute, Nathalie Henry had a chance to put NSU in front early, but his shot was stopped by Paige Henry, who made a diving save to the bottom right of the goal. Paige Henry recorded four saves for the Trojans in 47 minutes of action.
Chloe DeShazera transfer from Colorado-Colorado Springs, earned NSU’s departure at goaltending, made one save in 60 minutes of action.
Its safeguard in the exhibition, Fried Korawas greeted by a shot attempt by Karina De Paoli in the 64e minute. The transfer from Jackson State was up to the task, with the stoppage.
“I thought Chloe was solid and in command,” Gore said. “When Kora came into the game, on her first action, she had to make a diving save on her right side, which I think helped her gain confidence.”
Little Rock’s best threat to tie the contest came in the 83rd minute, but newcomer madison murphy came up with one of the plays of the day. The freshman made a sliding tackle into the box to thwart the Trojans attack.
Amaya Arias had one more chance for Little Rock, but her shot attempt sailed wide left near the edge of the box in the 89e minute and NSU completed the final minute for the win.
NSU had a chance to double the lead in the final two minutes of the second period when Gracie Armstrong had a sharp eye on goal from the penalty area, but his shot sailed high.
“We have to start converting our opportunities a little better,” Gore said. “We had 17 shot attempts, but only five on target. I’ve told the team that’s something we’ll have to improve on this week.”
NSU returns to action on August 21 when it begins the regular season with a trip to Louisiana Tech. The road contest begins four consecutive road games to begin the regular season. The Lady Demons return to Natchitoches on Sept. 9 for a date with Jackson State to open the regular season roster.