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Soccer: Current Ragin' Cajuns Take Alumni Game 2-0
LAFAYETTE – Under the lights and in front of a great crowd at Rajun' Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility the Ragin' Cajuns women's soccer welcomed back some of their past greats for an exhibition game that ended 2-0 in favor of the current Cajuns as they begin their final tune-ups for the coming season.
Cajun freshman Una Einarsdottir wetted the net in the 32nd minute on a break-away, scooting the ball past Cajun Alumni goalkeeper Lindsey Stocks. And senior Ashleigh Cade added a goal in the 47th minute, ripping the ball down the center of the net assisted by fellow senior Denice Emokpae, to lead the Cajuns to victory.
The night was filled with plenty of action on both ends as the Cajun Alumni came to play putting pressure on the Cajuns all through the night.
Sophomore Mackenzie Lee started in net, but sophomore Victoria Mendes and freshman Victoria Ryan all played at least 30 minutes of action providing experience for the Cajuns working with all their keepers.
Along with her goal in the first half, Einarsdottir was active all night sending three shots at the net, putting two on goal.
Senior Whitney Taggart commanded the center of the field with strength and composure, including adding a header that just went over the crossbar in the fifth minute to get the action started for the Cajuns.
Emokpae was busy, her assist was well earned putting the ball on goal leading to Cade's goal in the second half. She finished the night with four shots.
Cade herself was busy as well tying her teammate with four shots as well, adding to the Cajun lead with her hard-working goal.
Other stand-outs where the entire backline, that did a great job of working the wings and keeping the tough ones away from net, while creating pressure up the field and staying involved through the game.
Freshman Grace Champagne impressed as well, showing her breakaway speed with several runs deep into the Alumni defending third and having three shots of her own, one of which was on net.
It was a great night for the families and friends of the Alumni who got yet another shot playing on the field where they spilled so much sweat for the Cajuns. While for the current Cajuns the growth and experience of finally playing a live game together will better prepare them for the upcoming season.
Sunday, Aug. 13 the Cajuns return to action at home, when the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes come to Lafayette for the last exhibition game before the Cajuns' trip to Baylor, on Aug. 18, to start the regular season.
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