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(AGENPARL) – MONROE (LOUISIANA), dom 18 ottobre 2020

MONROE, La. – After controlling play in the first half, the ULM soccer team conceded a pair of goals in the second half to drop their fall home finale, 2-0, to the Ragin’ Cajuns Sunday at Brown Stadium.

ULM honored seniors Taylor Altieri and Alexis Cherry following the match.

“Senior Day is always an emotional one,” ULM head soccer coach Sean Fraser said. “Taylor and Alexis have given us so much over the last few months since we arrived and have been fantastic pioneers as we look to rebuild this program.”

The Warhawks had numerous scoring opportunities in the first half but could not slip a ball past Cajuns keeper Lauryn Starwood.

In the second minute, freshman Ashley Johnson had a shot blocked before freshman Lena Göppel fired from the top left corner of the box, but Starwood gloved the ball in front of the net.

ULM was on the attack again in the 12th minute when sophomore Madi Garza had a chance off a pass in front of the net, but Starwood stopped it again.

Two minutes later, ULM worked the ball in front of the net again, this time to junior Courtney Marten, but again Starwood came up with a save.

In the 19th minute, Garza fired from 35 yards out and had her shot hit off the crossbar. A minute later, junior Efi Brame fired from nearly the same spot as Garza, and Starwood made a leaping save in front of the net.

The Cajuns had their first chance in the 24th minute, but ULM junior keeper Hailey Hillock made the save on Lizzie Mayfield’s shot.

ULM was back on the offensive in the 29th minute as Marten fired from the left side of the box, but again, Starwood was there for the save. It was ULM’s final shot on goal in the match.

“I thought we were excellent today in the first half and should, not could, have been at least four up,” Fraser said. “Tactically, we looked sharp and we looked like a team that was playing the game on the front foot.”

In the 36th minute, the Cajuns worked the ball to the top of the box and Alyssa Abbott fired toward Hillock, but Hillock scooped up the ball for the save.

Göppel and Johnson fired shots late in the half for ULM, but Göppel’s shot sailed high and Johnson missed wide right as the match was scoreless at halftime.

The Cajuns didn’t take long to take the lead in the second half. In the 50th minute, Una Einarsdottir slid a ball behind Hillock, who had come out to the top of the box to try and make a stop. Mayfield found the ball behind Hillock and dropped it into the bottom right corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead.

After the restart, Marten tried to tie the match back up for ULM, but her shot from the top right corner of the box was high.

The Cajuns added to the lead in the 58th minute. Einarsdottir took a pass from Mayfield and found the back of the net in the bottom right corner to double the Ragin’ Cajuns lead to 2-0.

“A couple of mistakes again have hurt us and these things need to change,” Fraser said. “We cannot keep progressing if we continue taking a back step due to a mistake.”

The Warhawks were unable to get good offensive chances in the final 30 minutes of the game. Altieri’s shot from above the left side of the box sailed high and wide to the left in the 65th minute. Johnson and junior Larissa Modesto each had shots blocked in the 68th and 69th minutes respectively.

The Cajuns had one more shot on goal, but Savanna Young’s shot in the 78th minute was stopped by Hillock.

Shots in the match were even at 13-13, but the Cajuns managed one more shot on goal than ULM at 6-5. Starwood recorded five saves for the Ragin’ Cajuns while Hillock had four stops for ULM. Marten and Johnson led ULM with three shots each, with Marten putting two on frame.

“There are a number of things that I’m excited to build on this week,” Fraser said. “Our team is eager to get onto the practice field and put these mistakes right.”

The Warhawks face Texas State at 1 p.m. Sunday in San Marcos.

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