LU soccer team ties with Incarnate Word
BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar Cardinals moved into the sixth
and final spot for a berth in next month’s Southland Conference Tournament
after battling to a scoreless tie with visiting Incarnate Word on Sunday.
However, Lamar (7-9-2 overall, 4-5-2 Southland) will still need some help on
the final week of the season.
Lamar, which wraps up its regular season at Central Arkansas
on Friday, has 14 points with one game remaining. Northwestern State (4-5-1)
has 13 points, but has a game in hand on the Cardinals. The Cardinals sit one
point5 behind Sam Houston State and Nicholls, who both have 15 points with two
games remaining. Those two teams meet on the final day of the season on Nov. 3.
“We just have to win and see what happens,” Lamar coach
Orlando Cervantes said. “Obviously, it would have been big to get the win and
three points today.”
Bailey Fontenot made nine saves for Lamar for her fourth
shutout of the season and the 10th of her career.
“I thought Bailey came up big for us,” Cervantes said. “She
played with a lot of confidence.”
Lamar appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead late in regulation
when Kristin Bos rifled home a perfect pass from Jannet Hernandez past
Incarnate Word goalkeeper Heather Kowalik, but the play was ruled offside. It
was one of seven times the Cardinals were whistled for being offside on the
Kowalik made eight saves on the day, including the only two
in overtime for Incarnate Word (9-6-2, 3-5-2), to keep the Cardinals at bay.
“I thought we looked a little tired today,” Cervantes said.
“We had such a big win on Friday (2-1 over Abilene Christian on Senior Night).
Maybe that took a little out of us. We had a couple of chances early. If we
bury one of those, I think it’s a different game.”
Now the Cardinals set their sights on Central Arkansas and
hope for some help on the out-of-town scoreboard.
“We’ll get back to work on Tuesday, and we’ll be ready for
Central Arkansas,” Cervantes said.
LU soccer team ties with Incarnate Word Wednesday, April 23 2014, 11:23 AM CDT