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Soccer: Cajuns Drop Match 3-1 At Lamar

BEAUMONT, TEXAS – Louisiana's women's soccer dropped their second match of the season, falling 3-1 to the Lamar Cardinals here at the Lamar Soccer Complex.
           
After the first weekend of play the Ragin' Cajuns record, sits at 0-2-0.  While the Cardinals improve to 2-0-0 having won their season opener on Friday.
           
Freshman Grace Champagne got on the board with a goal for the Cajuns in the 40th minute.  It was Champagne's first of her young career and for Louisiana it was their first goal of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED (First Half) – Fresh off her eight second half saves in the game against Baylor, freshman Victoria Ryan got the nod in goal to start the match and she watched her teammates put pressure on early with senior Denice Emokpae getting a shot in the first minute.
           
Freshman Una Einarsdottir put the Cajuns first shot on goal quickly after Emokpae's quick start, getting on the stat sheet in the eighth minute.
           
But Lamar didn't sit back and rest, putting their own pressure on the Cajuns and in the ninth minute Cardinal's Juliana Ocampo got Lamar on the board with a shot inside the far post making the score 1-0.
           
In the 17th minute the Cajuns added to their own deficit, allowing an own goal to sneak past Ryan to put Lamar up 2-0 early in the match.
           
Ryan didn't let herself get out of the game, and she recorded her first save of the match in the 34th minute, and her aggressive play in goal energized the Cajuns to finish the half strong.
           
Louisiana kept a good work ethic up for the remainder of the half and junior Sarah Kozlowski's wide right shot was followed up by senior Kimberly Grasso putting the Cajuns second shot on goal, all inside the 37th minute.
           
Grasso wasn't done being a force for the Cajuns, and when she sent a cross into the box in the 40th minute Champagne nailed the shot into the top of the net beating Lamar goalkeeper, Lauren Lovejoy, high to put the Cajuns on the board before the half.
           
The first half came to an end after an exciting 45 minutes of action with the score 2-1 in favor of Lamar.         

HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Half) – The second half started with Ryan continuing her aggressive play.  And in the 51st minute Ryan made a great play coming off her line to attack Lamar's forwards and she showed determination to keep the Cardinals from adding to their lead.
           
The first ten minutes of the half was an end-to-end affair and in the 60th minute, sophomore Erika Sierra got possession off the left side and dribbled around a defender to put a shot from outside the box on goal for the Cajuns.
           
Lamar's continued pressure finally did the Cajuns in, when in the 64th minute a turnover from the Cajuns defense lead to a shot from Lucy Ashworth sneaking underneath Ryan to put the Cardinals up 3-1.
           
As the match came to an end, the Cajuns didn't stop fighting and they made sure to keep play in Lamar's final third.
           
Emokpae ripped a shot that was blocked in the 78th minute, and in the final two minutes both senior Whitney Taggart (89th) and Einarsdottir (90th) each had shots blocked making sure the Cardinals didn't walk away without working hard all the way till the final whistle.

GAME NOTES: Sophomore Mackenzie Lee took over goalkeeping duties in the 75th minute and recorded one save; Ryan faced ten shots through the game and four of them were on goal; Champagne finished with her first career goal and two shots; along with her assist Grasso also ripped three shots, two of which worked the keeper; Einarsdottir recorded three shots, one of which was on goal; Emokpae was a threat all game and had two shots; the Cajuns finished with 16 shots and put six of them on goal while Lamar had 12 shots, five of which were on goal.

UP NEXT: The Cajuns hit the road again next Saturday, Aug. 25 as they head to McNeese for a 7 p.m. match.  Live stats will be available courtesy of McNeese's website and there will be a link to the stats on the Cajuns schedule page. 
           
Louisiana finally opens up Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility for the 2017 season on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m., when SEC-foe Ole Miss makes the trip to Lafayette.  The match is scheduled to start following the Cajuns Fan Day festivities at the Cajundome and fans are encouraged to make the short trip over to the field to cheer the Cajuns on.
           
Follow @RaginsCajunsSOC on twitter for updates, news, links to live stats and streams of upcoming matches. 
           



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