LAFAYETTE – On a hot day at the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Complex the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's soccer team dropped a heartbreaker in double overtime, 3-2, to the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
The loss drops the Cajuns record to 5-8-2 (2-4-2 SBC) while the win for Appalachian State improves their record to 3-10-3 (2-5-1 SBC).
Louisiana did get two goals on the day, the first being freshman Molly Davis' first career goal, while senior Denice Emokpae put her fourth goal of the season into the net late in the match.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Half): Right off the bat the Cajuns were aggressive and their hard work paid off within the first 10 minutes of the match with an early goal.
In the sixth minute, sophomore Erika Sierra got the ball in the box and ripped a shot that was blocked by the Mountaineer defender. The ball ricocheted right to the foot of Davis took a powerful shot that went into the top right corner of the net to give the Cajuns an early 1-0 lead on App State.
But App State answered back in the 20th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick on a foul in the Cajuns box. The Mountaineers' Lindsey Tully took to the spot and sent in the equalizer to put to score at 1-1.
The heat began to play a factor in the match, as both teams subbed heavily through the latter part of the first half, but the Cajuns did get aggressive and had two quick shots in the 34th minute.
Senior Kimberly Grasso, who was active all match, took a shot that was blocked and senior Ashleigh Cade's clean up shot soared over goal keeping the score even at 1-1.
Cajuns goalkeeper Mackenzie Lee was busy as the half approached its conclusion, when in the 41st minute Lee made her first save of the match. She followed that up a minute later, in the 42nd, with another save to keep App State from taking the lead into the break.
Louisiana made one last push at the end of the half, with a shot from senior Whitney Taggart that was blocked to the feet of senior Haley Boroch who took a shot that forced App State keeper Taylor Ray to make one last save as the half came to an end.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Half): Cade came out and took a shot that went just wide in the 48th minute to get the half started for the Cajuns as they looked to pull ahead of the Mountaineers.
A short corner kick, taken by Cade in the 53rd minute, lead to a give and go between Grasso and Cade that Grasso powerfully ripped off the crossbar almost giving the Cajuns a lead halfway through the half.
Cade, who was busy on the corner all match, put another great kick into the box in the 69th minute that Taggart headed towards goal forcing Taylor to make another save.
As the second half hit the final stretch the Cajuns' counter-attack struck quickly and efficiently.
A long ball from Boroch landed right in front of a hard charging Emokpae, as Taylor came way out to attempt to make a play on the ball. Emokpae calmly took one touch around the keeper and had an open goal to send in the second goal of the game for the Cajuns, putting the score at 2-1.
Unfortunately, Louisiana couldn't hold the lead, when in the 89th App State put a header past a diving Lee to tie the match at 2-2 to send it into overtime.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Overtime): With two exhausted teams, the match entered a golden goal overtime period where the first goal scored by either team ends the match.
Louisiana the first overtime with a shot on goal from Cade in the 96th minute that Taylor saved. And the Cajuns finished the period with a powerful shot from Grasso that was blocked by the App State defense in the 100th minute.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Overtime): The Cajuns for another shot on goal from Grasso in the 103rd minute that App State's Taylor made the save on.
But right as the 105th minute began App State's Emmily Cowie took a corner kick that bent just over the fingertips of Lee and into the goal to end the match and give App State the 3-2 victory over Louisiana.
NOTEWORTHY: Emokpae's goal, her fourth of the season, was the first goal she's scored since getting on the sheet against Georgia Southern on Sept. 24; Davis' goal scored, while making her fourth career start, was the first of her career; Cade finished with four shots, two of which were on goal; Super sub Grasso once again came off the bench as a force recording five shots, one of which she placed on goal and one that nailed the crossbar.
UP NEXT: Next weekend the Cajuns play the final two matches of the regular season as they look to claim the final spot in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Both games combined hold the possibility of six key points that Louisiana needs to have to make it into the conference dance.
On Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. the Cajuns welcome into town the South Alabama Jaguars. The match is also the Cajuns Youth Soccer Day, celebrating the youth federations in the surrounding areas. On Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. the Cajuns will host the Troy Trojans for their final match of the regular season. The match against Troy is senior day at the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Complex so come out and celebrate the seniors of this program as they make one last appearance on their home pitch.
Follow @RaginCajunsSOC on twitter for updates through the week about any time changes or adjustments to the match. Both matches will be streamed via the Ragin' Cajuns Digital Network and the links to those streams will be provided via twitter on match day.