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Ms. Courtney Hofland

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Soccer: Cajuns go goal crazy

August 21, 2006 – Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

No offense intended, but the University of Louisiana soccer team was very offensive Sunday.
UL coach Scot Wieland’s goal coming into the 2006 season was more goals, and his team more than obliged in its exhibition match against Nicholls State.

The Cajuns scored seven goals in a period of less than 27 minutes against the overmatched Lady Colonels, and rolled to a 9-0 victory that Wieland hopes will be a big boost heading into the regular season.

“This is what we were hoping for,” Wieland said. “It’s what we recruited for. We recruited offensively to combine with our good defensive team, and today was to find out how that was going to mesh together.”
He won’t get any meshing complaints from the players, most notably senior team captain Lindsay Webb and incoming freshman and Acadiana High product Courtney Hofland.

Webb, who had only three goals all of last season, had that less than 10 minutes into the second half with one tap-in, one driving shot and a penalty kick.

Hofland, who had 43 goals last year as a senior at Acadiana, matched that hat-trick with three second-half goals – half of the six UL scored after halftime.

“I hope we didn’t use them all up at once,” Webb said. “We wanted to work on getting our passes down, but mostly we wanted to take advantage when we had chances. Last year we didn’t do that. We’d get nervous. Now when we see a chance we take it, and we’re going to get plenty of chances this season.”

“We have a lot of goal scorers,” Hofland said. “We’re going to have a lot of scoring opportunities, and we’re confident that we can take advantage.”

The Cajuns only scored 15 goals in 17 matches last season on the way to a 4-10-3 mark. Only three times last season did they have multiple goals in a match, and they never scored more than two.

After a slow start, they had three in less than 10 minutes to take a 3-0 halftime lead. Webb took a centering pass from Erin Thompson that caught NSU keeper Sarah Neunzig out of position and tapped it home for a 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later, UL’s Heather Ullman was dragged down by NSU’s Billie Potter in the goal box, and Webb rammed home the penalty kick.

Four minutes after that, Erin Suckling went on a solo rush down the right sideline, outran NSU’s Tara Walsh and caught Neunzig coming out to challenge, lofting a shot that bounced in to make it 3-0 39 minutes into the match.

“The first 20 or 25 minutes we were sluggish,” Wieland said. “It took time to feel things out, but eventually we got into a rhythm.”

It only took Hofland 26 seconds to get into the act in the second half, going on a solo run to the right of the goal and firing past new goalie Jenice Geare. She later added another on a midfield rush off St. Thomas More’s Kat Bergeron’s centering pass, and a third on Emily Black’s second assist.

Webb’s third goal came between scores by Thompson and Taylor Zak in an effort that was one goal short of UL’s school record (10 against Jackson State in Baton Rouge in 2003). Defensively, UL limited the Colonels to only two shots.

Statistics and records did not count in the exhibition, but Wieland called it a good way to prepare for Friday’s season opener at Houston.

“We were able to attack from a lot of different areas, and any time you have a shutout it’s a great job defensively,” he said. “This showed what kind of team we can be.”

College Women’s Soccer

UL 9, Nicholls State 0 (exhibition)
At UL Track-Soccer Complex, Lafayette

NSU 0 0 – 0

UL 3 6 – 9
UL – Lindsay Webb (Erika Saffer, Erin Thompson assists), 29:50

UL – Lindsay Webb, penalty kick, 34:50

UL – Erin Suckling (Heather Ulliman assist), 39:08

UL – Courtney Hofland (unassisted), 45:27

UL – Erin Thompson (Callie Oliver, Emily Black assists), 51:05

UL – Lindsay Webb (Callie Oliver, Stephanie Lynch assists), 54:08

UL – Courtney Hofland (Kat Bergeron assist), 56:27

UL – Taylor Zak (Lindsay Webb assist), 82:50

UL – Courtney Hofland (Emily Black assist), 85:00

Shots: NSU 2, UL 29. Shots on Goal: NSU 1, UL 16. Saves: NSU 7 (Sarah Neunzig 2, Jenice Geare 4, team 1), UL 1 (Kristen Malen 1). Fouls: NSU 10, UL 5. Corner Kicks: NSU 1, UL 7. Offsides: NSU 4, UL 11. Yellow Card: UL, Dannae DeVahl. Referees: Harlan Mathews, Ron Dubois, David Montrell. Attendance: 200.

Originally published August 21, 2006