LAFAYETTE – Freshman Karleen Bedre scored a pair of goals in the first 14 minutes of play and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Women’s Soccer team earned its first berth in the Sun Belt Conference Championships since 2016 as it blanked Georgia Southern, 2-0, on a rainy Friday night at the Ragin’ Cajuns Soccer/Track Complex.
Mackenzie Lee posted her fifth shutout of the season – and ninth of her career – as Louisiana (8-6-3, 4-3-2 Sun Belt) improved to 5-0-1 at home this season heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against Troy (11-2-4, 6-1-2 Sun Belt). The win also secured the Ragin’ Cajuns first non-losing season since posting a 9-8-2 mark in 2014.
Bedre gave Louisiana a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of the match after getting a feed from Kobi McNutt just inside the Ragin’ Cajuns half of the field, raced downfield and blasted a shot from approximately 20 yards out that skirted past Georgia Southern goalie Sallie Newton into the lower, right corner of the goal.
McNutt, who recorded the first multi-assist game of her career, got Louisiana started again in the 14th minute after serving a ball to Ashley Newland along the right side. Newland’s crossing shot found the foot of a wide-open Bedre, who beat Newton to the left side of the net, for her team-high sixth goal of the season and giving the Ragin’ Cajuns a 2-0 advantage.
Louisiana held a decisive 12-4 advantage on shots, including a 6-1 edge on shots on-goal. McNutt took a team-high four shots for the Ragin’ Cajuns with Bedre, Skyla Sykes, Una Einarsdottir and Rachel Sutter each taking a pair of attempts.
The Ragin’ Cajuns defensive line of Kaylie Powell, Gwen Mummert and Alex Augustyn limited Georgia Southern’s Frida Brattum – second in the Sun Belt Conference in goals scored (8) – to one shot attempt in 63 minutes on the field.
Louisiana will host Louisiana Salutes on Sunday against Troy, recognizing all first responders and military personnel. The Ragin’ Cajuns will hold Senior Day activities prior the match, which will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and ESPN+. Admission is free.
Fans are encouraged to donate for a Volunteers of America homeless outreach “Pack a Pack” program, that is being spearheaded by Sutter, by bringing donated items – back packs, socks, t-shirts, hats, ponchos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. – that will be collected at the entrance to the stadium.
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