Sep 28, 2013 12:30 AM by UL Sports Information
ATLANTA, Ga. - Freshman forward Annika Schmidt picked up a goal and an assist to break the all-time record at Louisiana for points in a season, as Cajuns toppled Georgia State 3-0 in their Sun Belt opener, improving to 4-4-2 on the season.
"It's a great way to start conference play," head coach Scot Wieland said. "They played a great first half, and we had to weather a little storm in the second half. We knew they would come out firing to protect their field. Our girls defended very well in the second half and both goalkeepers had fantastic games in net. Overall, it was a great team effort."
Schmidt now has 22 points in ten games, eclipsing Stacy Smith's 21 points in 2002, for the most in a season. The goal was her tenth this year, tying Smith's 2002 campaign for most in a season.
Yasmin Montoya also had three points on the game, scoring the game's second goal and assisting on Schmidt's in the final minutes.
"I'm very excited for [Schmidt] and the team," Wieland said of the freshman's record. "She is doing this because she is so team oriented. The goals and points aren't important to her. It's about doing what is right for the team as a whole, and the fact that she is already at this point as a freshman, it is exciting for her whole career. With [Montoya] scoring now too, the future is bright for Cajuns soccer."
Grace Howell-Harries got the scoring started early, netting her first career goal in the second minute of the game. She picked up a deflection on a corner kick and buried it in the back of the net, giving Louisiana a 1-0 lead.
The junior has played every minute of the season on defense, and in every single game since stepping on campus as a freshman.
Montoya added to the lead 20 minutes later, with her fourth goal of the season. She found the back of the net on a quick passing play, with assists going to Schmidt and Caroline Trahan.
Schmidt would add to the lead later in the game, giving the Cajuns some insurance in the waning minutes. The freshman scored her 10th goal of the season in the 86th minute, to give the Cajuns a 3-0 lead. She received a long pass into the box from Montoya and poked it past the goalkeeper.
It was a dual clean sheet for the Cajuns in goal. Cory DeMarco got the start and made three saves in the first half, putting the Cajuns in good position. Kendall Graham came in for the second half and made a career-high six saves in the effort, keeping Georgia State off the scoreboard.
"Cory started and was very composed and solid," Wieland said of his keepers. "She ran the show back there, starting our team off with stability on defense and controlling the back of the field. Kendall came out to a flurry from GSU and she came up big several times. They had some good scoring opportunities and she came out very strong. The two combined for a fantastic job in the net."
DeMarco got credit with the win, improving to 4-1 on the season.
The Cajuns will now travel to Bowling Green, Ky, to take on Western Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m. They will be back in Lafayette on Oct. 11, when UALR comes to town at 7 p.m.