Soccer: Cajuns Play MVSU To A 1-1 Draw In Exhibition Match
LAFAYETTE- With time winding down and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns down 1-0 to the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes, senior Haley Boroch answered the call when she ripped a shot in the 81st minute from 30 yards out to tie the score at 1-1, which turned out to be the final score in the match here at the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility on Sunday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED- The game was action packed from start to finish and the Cajuns were trailing for a good chunk of the game, but Boroch took matters into her own hands with a confident rip assisted by senior Cassandra Reyes to tie the match at one.
The match started in MVSU's favor when in the 17th minute, Laadi Issaka took a turnover in the Louisiana defending third, dribbling around Cajun goalkeeper freshman Victoria Ryan to score the first goal of the game.
Issaka was extremely active throughout the game, pouncing on any small mistake that the Cajuns made in their defending third. But except for her goal, Louisiana's goalkeeping trio of Ryan, sophomore Victoria Mendes and sophomore Mackenzie Lee kept her from putting another one on the score sheet.
With Issaka's help MVSU kept the pressure on the Cajuns throughout the first half, countering well and making both Ryan and Mendes work hard to keep the score at 1-0.
In the 37th minute the Cajuns nearly evened the score when senior Ashleigh Cade was called offside cleaning up a misplay from the goalkeeper during a surge in front of the Devilette net.
MVSU, maintaining their first half pressure, nearly added to their lead late in the first half, when a chipped shot soared over Ryan's head but was cleaned up by the ever-present Cajun backline to preserve the 1-0 score heading into the half.
When the second half started, the Cajuns were determined to snag the lead back coming out on fire putting pressure on the Devilettes all over the field.
After the first shot of the second half was taken by MVSU, the Cajuns responded with eight straight shots including back-to-back shots from freshman Grace Champagne, two shots from Cade and two shots from freshman Mireille McDowell to show that they had come out ready to play in the second half.
As the match began to wind down and come closer to its conclusion, the Cajuns kept their composure and let their play take control.
And in the 81st minute Boroch received a ball right to her feet from Reyes which she didn't hesitate to smash 30 yards to goal, tying the match at 1-1 and giving the Cajuns faithful a reason to erupt.
The goal was payoff for the Cajuns who had been working hard towards tying the game throughout the second half, and it gave them confidence to keep the pressure on for the remaining eight minutes of the match.
MATCH NOTES- All three keepers saw roughly 30 minutes of action and Mendes recorded three saves during her time on the pitch.
Cade finished with five shots, senior Denice Emokpae added three shots while Reyes added to her assist with two shots of her own all coming in the second half. In total the Cajuns sent 18 shots towards the net, putting seven of them on net.
Louisiana junior Emily Emanis did receive a yellow card late in the second half during the 76th minute and it was the only card issued for either side in the match.
UP NEXT- This Friday, Aug. 18 the Cajuns kick off their regular season, riding the momentum of this game's second half right to Waco, Texas to face the Baylor Bears before heading to Lamar on Aug. 20 for their first weekend of action.