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Soccer: UL’s Webb scores in OT for victory

Weston sets record eight wins in season

Dan McDonald

UL’s soccer team didn’t want a second Sun Belt Conference stalemate in as many matches, but it certainly looked like that was happening Sunday against Troy’s Trojans.
That was before Courtney Hofland bounced a shot off the Troy crossbar 48 seconds into overtime, and senior Lindsay Webb pounded the rebound past Trojan goalkeeper Jennifer Currie to provide a 1-0 victory at the UL Track/Soccer Facility.

The Cajuns (8-7-3, 5-4-1 Sun Belt) had battled to a 2-2 tie Friday against South Alabama, rallying from a 2-0 deficit, and looked to be on their way to another draw with both defenses pitching shutouts through 90 minutes of regulation Sunday.

Webb tallied her career-high fourth goal of the season and also posted the first match-winning goal of her career. Acadiana High product Hofland, a freshman who had one of the two goals Friday in the comeback against USA, posted her fifth assist of the year.
The Cajuns had mathematically insured themselves of a slot in the Sun Belt’s postseason tournament with Friday’s draw, and the Sunday win means that UL will either be the fifth or the sixth seed for the eight-team tournament that the Cajuns will host Nov. 1-4.

It didn’t appear that Sunday’s match would be that close, with Troy (2-14-1, 1-9 Sun Belt) rarely advancing past midfield through the first half. But the host Cajuns could not find their shooting range with only five of their 22 shots coming on goal in the match.

UL actually out-shot Troy 22-7, and Cajun goalie Stephanie Weston was rarely tested with four saves in recording her fifth shutout of the season. The win was Weston’s eighth of the year, snapping UL’s mark for wins in a season.

UL 1, Troy 0 (overtime)

Troy 0 0 0 – 0

UL 0 0 1 – 1


UL – Lindsay Webb (Courtney Hofland assist), 90:48

Shots: Troy 7 (Megan Bonfield 2, Laura Hopson 2, Brittany Steltz 2, Caiti Morton 1), UL 22 (Stephanie Lynch 7, Taunya Geelhoed 4, Courtney Hofland 2, Lindsay Webb 2, Taylor Zak 2, Meghan Crawford 1, Callie Oliver 1, Bridgette Adorno 1, Kat Bergeron 1, Olivia Judice 1). Shots on goal: Troy 4 (Bonfield 2, Hopson 1, Steltz 1), UL 5 (Lynch 1, Geelhoed 1, Webb 1, Zak 1, Judice 1). Saves: Troy 4 (Jennifer Currie 4), UL 4 (Stephanie Weston 4). Corner kicks: Troy 3, UL 1. Fouls: Troy 9, UL 8. Offsides: Troy 1, UL 3. Yellow Cards: Zak. Officials: Clark Happonstall, Ron Dubois Sr., Shawn Mire, Tim Chiasson. Records: Troy 2-14-1, 1-9 Sun Belt; UL 8-7-3, 5-4-1 Sun Belt. Attendance: 243.

Originally published October 23, 2006