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Soccer: Freshmen Lead Ragin' Cajuns Past Chanticleers, 3-0
Louisiana reaches semifinal for second straight year; will face South Alabama on Friday
FOLEY, Ala. – The freshman trio of Hailey Hoffmann, Mya Smith and Alyssa Abbott each accounted for goals while the freshman duo of Lauryn Starwood and Carly Dean combined to post a school-record ninth shutout of the season as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Women's Soccer team recorded a 3-0 victory over Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Wednesday at the Foley Sports Complex.
Louisiana (9-4-1), which advanced to the SBC semifinals for the second consecutive year, will meet defending SBC champion South Alabama (8-3-1) in a 4 p.m. contest on Friday. The Jaguars advanced after defeating Little Rock on penalty kicks, 4-3.
Playing Coastal Carolina (6-5) for the first time in postseason play, Louisiana struck in the 31st minute as Gwen Mummert's direct kick into the box was headed in by Hoffmann past Chanticleer goalkeeper Ky Hudson.
Louisiana padded its lead early in the 53rd minute when Mya Smith took a deep crossing pass from Grace Champagne and scored past Hudson for her first career goal and giving the Ragin' Cajuns a 2-0 lead.
Abbott, who recorded a game-winning goal against South Alabama when the teams last played in Foley on Sept. 6, helped seal the win for Louisiana as she flicked a shot past Hudson for her second goal of the year. The goal was set up by a well-spaced crossing pass from Rachel Sutter into the box that was deflected off freshman teammate Demi McCalliog with Abbott cleaning up with a shot into the left corner of the goal.
Starwood stopped eight shots in 78 minutes for Louisiana before being relieved by Dean over the final 12 minutes. The duo faced a 15-shot attack by Coastal Carolina and kept the Chanticleers off the board as Louisiana eclipsed its previous record for shutouts in a season (8) set last year while recording its 17th shutout under head coach Lance Key.
Mackenzie Gibbs took four shots to lead Coastal Carolina with Kamryn Nobles adding three. Hudson recorded a pair of saves for the Chanticleers, who faced 10 shots by Louisiana.
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