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Soccer: Cajuns Lose Close Match At Sam Houston State 2-1
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS – A late goal from freshman Ally Busalacchi wasn't enough for Louisiana to extend their winning streak to three as the Ragin' Cajuns women's soccer team fell just short to the Sam Houston State Bearkats, losing 2-1 here at Joseph Pritchett Field.
The loss snaps a two-match winning streak and drops the Cajuns record to 2-4-0, while the win brings the Bearkats record up to 3-3-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Half): Staying with the hot hand, head coach Scot Wieland gave sophomore Mackenzie Lee her third straight start in goal.
But the Bearkats jumped on the Cajuns early with a quick goal scored by Sam Houston State's Crespo Carlota-Suarez in the fifth minute, to put the Bearkats up with an early 1-0 lead.
Lee got her first save of the match in the 20th minute and she faced another quick shot less than a minute later that went just high, but Lee was ready for it.
Louisiana got their first shot, which was ripped on goal, by senior Whitney Taggart in the 23rd minute. It was followed a few minutes later in the 25th minute by a shot that went just wide sent in by freshman Una Einarsdottir.
The Cajuns continued to hold strong against the Bearkat pressure, and senior Rebecca Foley shot just wide in the 33rd minute to show that the Cajuns weren't backing down.
In the 36th minute, Einarsdottir put the second shot on goal for the Cajuns forcing Bearkats' keeper Anna Kaiser to stay on her toes.
Lee saved a header from Sam Houston State's Sammi Mayock in the 37th minute, but in the 41st minute Mayock took another header that just slipped by Lee to give the Bearkats a two goal lead and putting the score at 2-0.
Heading to the break the Cajuns, having worked hard, needed to dig in and get back from a 2-0 deficit.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Half): With the start of the second half underway, the Cajuns were looking to get back in the match and in the 51st minute sophomore Kaylie Powell took a shot that was blocked in front of goal, but senior Taylor Kennedy was there to clean it up and her shot was just saved by the Bearkats keeper.
Back and forth the two schools went, and in the 64th minute senior Denice Emokpae took a shot that was saved, and the Bearkats followed that up with a shot that Lee saved in the 65th minute.
Lee, determined to keep the score right where it was, made yet another save in the 67th minute.
With time winding down, the Cajuns turned up the juice. And in the 80th minute they recorded two shots on goal, the first from junior Sarah Kozlowski which was cleaned up by Taggart shortly after.
Lee, staying ready, recorded a late save in the 81st minute to set up the Cajuns for a chance to get one back.
In the 84th minute senior Ashleigh Cade smoked a ball off the post, that ricocheted right to the foot of Busalacchi. Busalacchi didn't hesitate to jump on the rebound and she fired the ball into the right side to give the Cajuns a late goal to cut into the Bearkats lead making the score 2-1.
The goal was Busalacchi's first of her career and the assist for Cade is her second on the season.
Unfortunately for Louisiana the goal came slightly to late in the match, but they didn't go out without a fight.
In the 90th minute senior Haley Boroch made sure the Bearkats earned their win, as she took a big shot that was saved by the Bearkats keeper at the last possible second.
Even though the Cajuns lost the match 2-1, they never threw in the towel and what's been typical of the 2017 Cajuns this season, they never gave up.
NOTEWORTHY: Lee played all 90 minutes in goal for the third straight match and she recorded eight saves on 10 shots faced; Busalacchi's first career goal was also her only shot in the game but she made it count; Cade added two shots to her second assist of the season and she's one assist away from 20 on her career; Taggart finished with two shots on goal.
Einarsdottir, with her two shots (one on goal), took over the team lead with 14 shots so far on the season and her seven shots on goal is first on the team; Boroch came off the bench and added three shots to the mix; The Bearkats outshot the Cajuns 19-15 but the Cajuns had eight saves to the Bearkats seven.
UP NEXT: Louisiana returns to Lafayette on Sunday, Sep. 10 when they welcome the Nicholls Colonels to the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Complex. The match starts at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free and if you can't make it out to the stadium the live stream will be free on RaginCajuns.com courtesy of the Ragin' Cajuns Digital Network.
Live stats will be provided on RaginCajuns.com as well and for links along with updates on the Cajuns follow @RaginCajunsSOC on twitter.
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