Photo of Breland Mungia by Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru/russellmarwitz.com
CONWAY, Ark.-Breland Mungia found the back of the net in the 62nd minute of Friday’s match at Hendrix College. It proved to be the game-winner, earning No. 16 UMHB its first victory as a Top 25 team, and fifth of the season. The Cru remains undefeated following the 1-0 road victory.
How it happened
UMHB had plenty of scoring opportunities in both halves, including 14 shots in the first 45 minutes, but seven saves from Hendrix goalkeeper Elisabeth Caton Nelson kept the match scoreless at halftime. That 0-0 score remained for the first 16 minutes of the second half, until Mungia’s shot sailed into the goal, off of an assist from forward Maria Rico.
That goal proved to be the difference, but another major factor was the superior defensive force of UMHB, who completely shut out the Warriors. Hendrix did not record a single shot in the contest.
UMHB tallied 34 shots in the match, 16 of which were on goal. The offense was in sync throughout the contest, and those 34 shots were the most by the Cru during the 2022 season. The previous top mark had come when UMHB totaled 25 in a 3-0 win over St. Scholastica on Sept. 3. The 16 shots on frame were also a season-high. As for limiting Hendrix to zero shots, the last time that occurred for the Cru was March 14, 2021, when UMHB shut out Howard Payne, 6-0.
Mackenzie Worthy led the offensive attack, with seven shots, and three on goal, in a full 90 minutes of action. Rico added five shots, and Kelsey White had four.
UMHB travels to Jackson, Mississippi, scheduled to face Belhaven at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The Cru is 8-1 all-time against Belhaven.