BEAUMONT, Texas – It’s been one of those seasons for the Lamar University women’s soccer team.
Despite playing one of their best halves of the season in the first period of Sunday’s Southland Conference game against visiting Houston Baptist, the Cardinals found themselves in a 2-0 deficit against the Huskies, despite having an 11-8 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks over the first 45 minutes. The Huskies (6-10-1 overall, 4-5-1 Southland) added a goal in the second half to seal the 3-0 win as HBU strengthened its chances of securing a berth in next month’s Southland Conference Tournament.
“We had our opportunities and chances, but we didn’t finish,” Holeman said. They go against the flow and score a goal. It’s disheartening.”
HBU broke a scoreless tie with 13:29 remaining in the first half on Sabriah Spencer’s fifth goal of the season. Spencer was at the right place at the right time as teammate Allison Abendschein’s shot caromed off the goalpost and right to Spencer, who put it past LU goalkeeper Rachel Gries.
That goal came after some glittering scoring opportunities for the Cardinals (1-14-3, 0-7-3) went by the wayside in the early going. First, Samantha Moreno’s header bounced off the crossbar. A few minutes later, Marie Lund was robbed by HBU goalkeeper Alanis Guevara.
The Huskies made it 2-0 just 6:10 later as Morgan Dean’s long shot somehow slipped past Gries and just into the goal inside the post. It was the second goal of the season for Dean, with Autumn Wildung picking up the assist.
“That second goal crushes your spirit,” Holeman said. “It looked like a harmless play, and the next thing you know, it’s 2-0.”
HBU made it 3-0 with 19:43 remaining in regulation as Charlotte Vancura took a pass from Casey Basso and fired it past Gries for her second of the season.
HBU held a 9-6 advantage in shots in the second half, as the game total ended even at 17 shots apiece.
“With our depth, we know we’re going to have a tougher time in the second half,” Holeman said. “Especially when you’re playing the second game of the weekend. “We certainly have some players who work hard, but we need more depth. We know the second half is always going to be tougher for us.”
Gries finished with three saves for LU, while Guevara had three saves for HBU as she recorded her third shutout of the season.\
The Cardinals end their season at 7 p.m. Friday when they host McNeese on Senior Night at the LU Soccer Complex. LU will pay tribute to seniors Angelica Hernandez, Brooke Kirchhofer, Patricia Lauritzen and Jennifer Yacuta in pregame ceremonies.
“We still have a lot to play for even though we can’t make the tournament,” Holeman said. “It’s Senior Night and we’re play a rival. We’re going to do whatever it takes to try to end the season on a high note.”
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