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Soccer: Louisiana Falls Just Short At ULM, 2-1
MONROE, La. – Despite Senior Haley Boroch scoring a late goal in the 89th minute, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns fell 2-1 to the ULM Warhawks here in Monroe to drop their second Sun Belt Conference game of the season.
The loss drops the Cajuns record to 5-6-2 (2-2-2 SBC) and it's their second loss in three matches, while ULM's record improves to 2-11-1 (2-4-0 SBC).
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Half): As is typical of the 2017 Cajuns, the tempo was fast out of the gate and they kept most of the possession for the first 10 minutes of the match.
A corner kick earned by the Cajuns in the eighth minute was evident of that and they followed that up with a shot from freshman Ally Busalacchi that flew just wide of goal.
But ULM would answer the Cajuns pressure with a goal in the 16th minute, when Danielle LaFrance took a ball from 25 yards out and sent a shot that went right under the bar just over the outstretched hands of Cajuns goalkeeper sophomore Mackenzie Lee for the first goal of the game.
With the score at 1-0 in favor of the Warhawks both teams began to trade possession as they looked to settle into the match. In fact, ULM's shot on goal, that Lee saved in the 28th minute, was the first shot for either team since the Warhawks goal.
Louisiana didn't take their foot off the pedal as the first half came to an end, and in the 39th minute senior Whitney Taggart sent a powerful header at goal that ULM goalkeeper Brooke-Lynn Scroggins had to make a serious play on to keep the Cajuns off the board.
But the score remained the same heading into the break and the Cajuns trailed the Warhawks by one goal with the score sitting at 1-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Half): Knowing they had to start asking the question and pushing the Warhawks the Cajuns came out in the second half with a sense of purpose and in the 51st minute freshman Grace Champagne ripped a shot that was blocked and it resulted in a Cajuns corner.
Senior Ashleigh Cade, several moments later in the 54th minute, took another shot on goal for the Cajuns that forced the ULM keeper to make a play in the ball. Cade had yet another shot, this one that soared just high, less than two minutes later in the 55th minute.
Evident of the physical play that the two teams were exhibiting, ULM's Randi Lundquist was issued a yellow card on a hard foul in the 58th minute. Freshman Una Einarsdottir lined up the free kick and took a shot at goal that just curved wide on the right side of the net.
ULM put another goal on the board just past the midway point of the half in the 72nd minute on a tough one on one situation with Lee that the Warhawk player just won to give ULM a 2-0 lead.
With the Cajuns, down 2-0 they needed to turn on the juice and they did just that opening a flurry of shots that showed they weren't going down quietly.
Sophomore Erika Sierra took a shot on goal that was saved in the 76th minute but it showed that the Cajuns weren't finished. In the 84th minute Boroch took a shot that went just wide of goal but she wasn't finished.
A header on goal from Boroch came in the 86th minute that the ULM keeper was forced to save but the breakthrough was coming for the Cajuns.
In the 89th minute, Cade took a ball down the right side and she sent it into the box, where Boroch ran right into the perfect feed to finish off her team leading fourth goal of the season to finally put the Cajuns on the board.
The score was at 2-1, still in favor of the Warhawks, but the clock was not in favor of the Cajuns and they didn't have enough time to get the equalizer and when the match came to an end the score sat at 2-1 to give ULM the win.
NOTEWORTHY: Cade had four shots in the game, one of which was on goal, and her assist was the fourth of the season and she now sits second in the conference; Boroch added four shots of her own and three of them were on goal and her fourth goal of the season is a new career high for goals in a season; Taggart once again had two powerful headers with one on goal.
The Cajuns had 16 shots in the second half and it's the most shots they've had in a half this season; It's the most shots they've had in a half since taking 16 shots in a 4-1 win vs. Lamar on Sept. 2, 2016; The Cajuns had 12 corner kicks which is a new season high.
UP NEXT: Louisiana hits the road one last time for a Sunday match against Texas State, the match will have a 1 p.m. start on Oct. 8. Live stats and a live stream will be provided courtesy of Texas State athletics. Follow @RaginCajunsSOC on twitter for updates and links to live stats and a live stream of the match along with the recap.
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