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Soccer: Vermilion Outshoots White In Intrasquad Scrimmage, 4-3

Niles, Vunipola each score goals in regulation

Matt Sullivan, Associate Director of Athletics Communications

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LAFAYETTE – Rainey Niles scored a first-half goal for the Vermilion team and Gwen Mummert sealed a win on the final attempt in a penalty kick shootout as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's soccer team wrapped up its first week of workouts with an intrasquad scrimmage on a hot, humid Sunday at the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Complex.
Telly Vunipola scored an equalizer goal on a penalty kick in the 48th minute for the White team while Mackenzie Lee totaled four saves for the Vermilion.
"Today was the culmination of a great week for us, and we ended it with a great exercise for all of us," first-year head coach Lance Key said. "As a staff, we haven't seen us play before, so it was a great opportunity for our group to come together - and be divided (into teams) - and put together two halves in a competitive environment. It couldn't have been a better exercise for us."
Playing a pair of 30-minute halves, the Vermilion squad took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute after Niles took a crossing pass from Madysin Girouard and scored from just inside the 18-yard box past White goalkeeper Victoria Mendes.
The White team managed four of its six shot attempts in the opening half, with Lee notching a pair of saves. The White team would knot the match at 1-1 in the 48th minute when Vunipola was fouled inside the 18-yard box and placed her penalty kick past Lee in the lower right corner of the net.
In the shootout period, the White team opened with goals by Julianne DeBlieux and Katherine Whitman while Ashley Newland's opening attempt for the Red team bounced off the cross bar. Lee would help spark the Red comeback stopping two of the final three attempts while Hailey DaigleKobi McNutt, Girouard and Mummert converted on the final four attempts.

"At the end of the day, we saw a lot of things that we hadn't even seen in the last 4-5 days that will help us and better prepare us for what we've got next week in terms for our preparation," Key said. "We saw a lot of quality things. We saw a lot of things that are great indicators of where we still have work to do."
Louisiana will open its exhibition season on Friday when it travels to Hammond to face Southeastern Louisiana in a 6 p.m. match at Strawberry Stadium. The Ragin' Cajuns will close out their exhibition slate on Aug. 18 at McNeese before officially opening the 2019 season on Aug. 22 against UTSA in the Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas.
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