Aug 16, 2014 7:39 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - In their first test of the 2014 season, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns soccer team came out on top in a 1-0 exhibition win over Southern Miss on Friday night at the Cajuns Soccer Complex.
In the 68th minute, freshman midfielder Madison Duncan delivered the match's lone goal with a shot inside the box from 15 yards out to lift Louisiana to the victory.
Sophomore forward Yazmin Montoya and freshman forward Haley Boroch each tallied three shots to lead the Ragin' Cajuns with Montoya putting two on goal and Boroch recording one. Louisiana held an advantage in shots, 11-8, with four coming on goal compared to Southern Miss' two shots on target.
"We created a lot of great opportunities," said head coach Scot Wieland. "We need to work some more on clicking in our movement in the final third, but we did create a lot of chances. I was most happy with the way we as a team defended with composure. We need to keep working on staying composed and working defensively. We've spent a lot of time on that this preseason."
Louisiana started five freshmen in the match, and a total of 12 newcomers saw action on the night. In all, 26 Ragin' Cajuns took the pitch in their first outing of the season. Freshman goalie Alexias Stricklin got the start, collecting two saves for the team in the first half of play, while junior college transfer Lindsey Stocks also saw action at goalie, playing the entire second period.
"We started a few freshman, and you could tell the first five minutes they had those first five minutes of college lungs, which was understandable," Wieland said. "We did play a lot of players tonight. I was very pleased for our first game after only having eight practices. Our composure was fantastic, we kept our shape very well and we played a good game.
The Golden Eagles put pressure on the Cajuns midway through the first period as Stricklin helped keep Southern Miss off the board with two saves off shots from Karen Torres and Anya Koren. Southern Miss goalkeeper Brittany Taylor played the full 90 minutes for the Golden Eagles, tallying three saves.
Louisiana will hit the road to begin the 2014 season next weekend with a 6:30 p.m. match Friday against Sam Houston State in Huntsville before taking on Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond on Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Ragin' Cajuns saw both the Bearkats and the Lions during the 2013 season, falling to Sam Houston State 1-0 in an exhibition match, and dropping a 2-1 double overtime contest to Southeastern Louisiana in the third match of the season.