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Soccer: Cajuns Offense Comes Alive, Earn 1st Win

Sophomore Chelsea Balestra
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Sophomore Chelsea Balestra

Lafayette, LA- The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s soccer team earned their first win of the season beating Lamar University (1-3) 3-1. The Cajuns offense came alive and scored two more goals against Lamar than they had in their previous four games. The win improves the Cajuns record to 1-3-1 on the season.

The Ragin’ Cajuns opened up the scoring in the 26th minute when senior Heather Fuller scored her second goal of the year from 30 yards out. Freshman Kirstin Conway added a goal right before the half ended, to put the Cajuns up 2-0. Her shot from 12 yards out glanced off the a Lamar defender and ended up in the back of the net, it was Conway’s first career goal. The Cardinals responded in the 56th minute when Aline Pugliesi got past the Cajun defense and beat Cajun goalkeeper Amanda Moorefield to bring the Cardinals within one. Heather Fuller was ejected in the 85th minute earning a red card and forced the Cajuns to play down a man for the rest of the game. It didn’t seem to hurt the team as Chelsea Balestra added her first goal of the season in the 89th minute and gave the Cajuns the 3-1 victory.

Goalkeepers Stephanie Weston and Moorefield combined for the win. Weston played the first half and did not allow a goal, Moorefield came in the second half and did give up a goal but the Cajuns still came away with the win.

The Cajuns play again Tuesday when they travel to McNeese State at 4 p.m, but they will have to do it without Heather Fuller, who will miss the game because of her red card. The Cajuns will return home to take on LSU Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.