McMurry ends 52-match winless streak
McMurry's women used three second-half goals to snap a 52-match winless streak, defeating University of the Ozarks 4-1 at Edwards Field Friday afternoon. Stephanie Nevels scored the game-winner breaking a 1-1 tie in the 49th minute and McMurry picked up its first win since Oct. 28, 2006.
1,426 days had passed since the last McMurry women's victory under the direction of coach Steve Allan. Allan's group finished the year with a victory over Howard Payne to finish 5-11-1 on the season. Prior to that season, McMurry had won just five matches combined.
However, Friday marked win No. 11 for the program and coach Alan Riches said he's hoping to start a new kind of mentality.
"It was an exciting day for us and now we can get this monkey off our back and move on to bigger and better things," said Riches. "This has been one thing that has been eating at the entire team day in and day out, so it's over."
For Cynthia Quintana and Chelsea Klein, it's been a long haul. The juniors endured two seasons without a win in 2008 and 2009 and the team began the 2010 season with six consecutive losses. However, both players said they were excited to finally move past the streak.
"I just wanted to cry, it's so exciting to win, I've been here three years and we've gotten close, but we pulled together as a team and got our first win, and I know we can get another one," said Quintana, the outside midfielder.
"It feels amazing right now, it's only two other girls that have really understood what we've gone through," said the defender, Klein. "The freshmen have been out here, really supportive, they may not quite understand, but they've been there and they've been wanting to pull through for all the girls that have been there."
McMurry struck early Friday night scoring in the 11th minute. Rachel Moore scored from 30 yards out to the right of the 18 on a pass from Miranda Nguyen. The Lady Eagles countered in the 31st minute on a goal from Kaitlyn Williams.
However, McMurry took control and dominated the second half. Nevels scored on a pass from Slay in the 49th minute, then added insurance in the 81st minute on a thru pass from Klein. Then, Amber Torres scored in the 88th minute giving McMurry four goals for the first time since Oct. 13 when McMurry beat Louisiana College, 4-0.