Sunday, October 27
Texas State Rolls on Senior Day with Victory over Arkansas State
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas State soccer team finished the regular season in style on Sunday afternoon as the Bobcats picked up the 3-0 shutout over the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Senior Day. The Bobcats finished the regular season with a pair of shutout
victories and improved to 7-8-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.
In the 38th minute of the contest, freshman Clarissa Leon scored the first of the three Bobcat goals. Leon scored her third goal of the season after receiving a pass up the middle from Tori Hale and taking it one-on-one versus the Arkansas State goalkeeper.
After the intermission, the Arkansas State bench played a man down after goalkeeper Amanda Lee was issued a red card in the 62nd minute of the contest. The Bobcats took advantage of the man-up opportunity, scoring their other two goals after the ejection.
Lynsey Curry tacked on the second Bobcat goal of the game in the 70th minute, taking a pass from Hale outside the 18-yard box and sailing the shot over the head of new Red Wolves goalkeeper, Beth Kremer. The goal was Curry's team-leading seventh goal of
Senior Gabbi Cottee gave the Bobcats an assurance goal in the 89th minute after connecting with a Leon pass.
The Bobcats finished the day with 15 total shots compared to just 10 by the Red Wolves. Curry led the Bobcats with four shots and Leon led the team with three points.
After playing host to a season-high 376 fans on Sunday, the Bobcats finished the regular season first in the Sun Belt Conference in game attendance.
The top eight schools in the Sun Belt Conference now take a week off of action as they prepare for the conference tournament on Nov. 6-10. The tournament is hosted by Texas State and will be played at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. With the victory today, the
Bobcats move into fourth in the conference due to owning the tie-break over Troy. The Bobcats will play in the 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
South Alabama Defeats UL-Monroe, 3-1
MOBILE, Ala. – Drama at the start to each period knotted scoring at one-all, but University of South Alabama women's soccer scored twice in two minutes on Sunday to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 3-1, to conclude the regular season.
USA (12-5-2, 5-2-1 SBC) also claimed maximum points on Thursday against Louisiana-Lafayette to finish the final weekend of Sun Belt Conference with six points, vital for the club's climb from fourth to second in unofficial final regular season standings.
The Jaguars are tied with the Ragin' Cajuns at second in the table, but would be seeded ahead, based on their previous win over ULL.
Senior center back Shelby Owen opened scoring in the third minute for USA, finishing a rebounded try from Nini Rabsatt-Smith right in front of the Warhawk goalmouth. It marked the second consecutive match that the Jaguars went ahead in the opening 10 minutes.
Louisiana-Monroe (6-12-1, 1-7-0 SBC) couldn't manage a shot until the 18th minute, but the effort sparked an awakening for the desperate club, which needed at least a share of points to receive a berth to the SBC Championship in San Marcos, Texas, on Nov.
The best Warhawk effort to that point came just before the halftime whistle, but Allie Dickson directed her shot right at USA senior keeper Melissa Drish.
Louisiana-Monroe drew level five minutes into the second half, Amanda Borstelmann converting from the spot after USA defender Emily Farrell appeared to go through the back of a ULM attacker just inside the Jaguar area, marking the second penalty given
up by South Alabama in as many matches.
The hosts responded with eight shots to the Warhawks' two in the next 28 minutes of regulation, and managed two strikes in the 78th and 80th minutes to take the match out of reach.
Substitute Tatum Perry came on in the 68th minute and immediately impacted USA's offense, allowing Rabsatt-Smith the option to move forward, before picking out Lauren Allison through the middle of the field, the freshman forward finishing one-on-one for
a 2-1 Jaguar lead.
Monique Autmon provided insurance on USA's next buildup, directing her dipping shot into ULM keeper Holly Mallinson's far post after a number of successful Jaguar passes.
USA now turns its focus to seventh-place Georgia State, its first opponent in the conference tournament, hosted by Texas State. South Alabama defeated the Panthers, 2-1, in Atlanta on Oct. 10. Final seeding announcements will be presented soon.
Ragin' Cajuns and Troy Battle to 0-0 in Double Overtime
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns played to a scoreless tie with the Troy Trojans on Sunday at the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer Facility, to finish the season 8-6-3 and 5-2-1 in Sun Belt play, and a tie for second in the final standings.
"They girls played a very good and complete soccer match," head coach Scot Wieland said after the match. "We had our chances to score. It was hard fought battle on both sides and we just didn't get the ball in the net. I am proud of our team effort
The Ragin' Cajuns had the opportunity to hold a share of the conference title had they won, but the tie places them in another tie, this one with South Alabama for second in the conference. They will go into the conference tournament as the third seed,
losing in the head-to-head tiebreaker with South Alabama.
"This will carry us into the conference tournament well," Wieland added. "Thankfully, unlike last season, it isn't over today. I've said from day one that it is a progression, and our players have continued to progress and have earned to be here."
It is the highest seed in school history for Louisiana.
The Cajuns will face Arkansas State in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Wednesday, November 6 at 1 p.m. The tournament takes place in San Marcos, Texas, hosted by Texas State University.
The Trojans came out fast in the match, taking five shots with two coming on net in the first 15 minutes of play. Sophomore goalkeeper Cory DeMarco would come up on all of them, and finish the first half with three saves, facing eight total shots preserving
a 0-0 tie.
The Cajuns would up the pressure in the second half by a large margin. After getting just seven shots and two on goal in the first half, they took 12 shots in the second with five coming on goal. The Cajuns would have a few big scoring opportunities
in the waning minutes, but the biggest highlight of the game came on defense.
Troy's Louise Cheng got a forward pass for a breakaway in the 85th minute and fired a shot from about six yards out. Senior goalkeeper Kendall Graham got a piece of the shot and deflected it over the net for a corner kick.
Troy's onslaught didn't end there. On the ensuing corner kick, senior Shelby Isley got a head on a ball that was sent to a wide open net, and the rebound shot was stopped by Graham to maintain the clean sheet.
It was all Cajuns in the first 10 minutes of overtime. They took six shots, including three on net, and were the benefactors of five corner kicks, but Troy's Madison Winter continued to come up big, keeping it scoreless.
The final buzzer would sound with a 0-0 score.
Kendall Graham was the goalkeeper of record, after playing the majority of the overtime match, improving to 1-3-3 on the season.
"I thought both keepers played great," Wieland said. "I also though that our defense played very well. They were very composed, kept the ball on the ground and they played a very good, composed and disciplined game."
The Cajuns held the advantage in shots, outshooting Troy 25-15 and 15-8 in shots on target. Freshmen Annika Schmidt and Yazmin Montoya led the team with seven and six shots, respectively, with Schmidt hitting the goal four times and Montoya once.
It was Senior Day for the Cajuns, with three student athletes honored before the match. Seniors Shelby Isley, Kendall Graham and Lacey Leitz all played their final match at home, and will attempt to lengthen their careers at the conference tournament.
Also honored before the match was senior equipment manager Kelly Junot, a five-year veteran of the soccer team at Louisiana.
The Cajuns will have a week and a half before their next match, when they open conference play for the first time since 2010, against Arkansas State at 1 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas.
WKU Closes Regular Season with Draw at Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The WKU soccer team battled Evansville for 110 minutes at Arad McCutchan Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but that wasn’t enough to decide the Lady Toppers’ regular-season finale as the match ended in a 0-0 tie.
WKU finishes the regular season at 8-5-5 and due to results around the Sun Belt Conference, the Lady Topper claimed the Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship outright.
Evansville’s attack gave WKU a stiff test, firing 19 shots, including seven on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Hall earned her first start of the season and was stout between the posts for WKU, tallying seven saves and consistently cleaning up Aces’ attacks.
Senior Sydney Sisler led WKU’s offensive attack against Evansville, putting two of her team-high three shots on goal. Sisler nearly headed in a cross from fellow senior Andrea Curry early in the first half and had another shot from 30 yards out tip saved
by UE goalkeeper Simone Busby.
Sisler’s third shot barely missed her mark in the 73rd minute as she poked the ball just left of the left goal post.
The first overtime period was filled with scoring opportunities for Evansville but a save from Hall in the 93rd minute and a cleaned up cross in the goalkeeper’s box with under 30 seconds remaining in the frame kept the match scoreless.
WKU took control in the second overtime period and had its best chance squandered by UE’s Busby as she saved a point blank shot from freshman Kelly Phipps.
The Lady Toppers will have the week off as they prepare for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, which will be held Nov. 6-10 in San Marcos Texas. As the regular-season champions WKU will be the tournament’s No.1 seed and will face No.8 seed UALR on Nov.
6 at 10 a.m. (CT). For more information on WKU Soccer, visit WKUSports.com.