HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A goal by sophomore forward Yazmin Montoya in the 52nd minute carried the Louisiana-Lafayette soccer team to a 1-0 season-opening win over Sam Houston State on Friday night at Pritchett Field.
Despite being outshot 28-5, the Ragin’ Cajuns defense stood tall and kept the Bearkats from getting on the board. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Alexias Stricklin earned the win in her first career match, tallying seven saves with five coming in the second half. Montoya and sophomore midfielder Kimberly Grasso each took two shots on the night to lead the Cajuns.
“The team defense did a great job,” coach Scot Wieland said. “The first half we were on our heels but our defense got us through the half.
“We were not very sharp and were playing tentative. The second half, we did so much netter. We came out composed and created opportunities in the final third. The girls showed a lot of heart.”
SOUTHEASTERN LA. 2, JACKSON STATE 0: In Jackson, Miss., in a battle of two 2013 NCAA tournament participants, the defending Southland Conference Tournament champion Southeastern Louisiana blanked Jackson State, 2-0, in the 2014 season opener for both teams at the JSU Soccer Complex.
Southeastern (1-0) improved to 5-0 all-time against the Lady Tigers (0-1). The win for the Lady Lions was the second straight season-opening victory for the program and their eighth in the last nine seasons.