Aug. 22, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Freshman Alexus Aviles made sure Lamar University women’s soccer coach Orlando Cervantes enjoyed his homecoming.
Aviles’ goal late in the first half lifted the Lady Cardinals to a 1-0 win at San Jose State Friday afternoon as Cervantes returned to his alma mater.
“It was great to come back and get a win in front of my family and friends,” Cervantes said. “I can’t think of anything better.”
Aviles, playing in her first collegiate game, scored on a pass from Jannet Hernandez with just 3:32 remaining in the half. That was more than enough for the Lady Cardinals (1-0), who held the Spartans (0-1) to just six shots for the game.
Senior Bailey Fontenot made two saves for her 11th career shutout, just one behind the school record of 12 held by Jennifer Gibbs.
It was the second consecutive season-opening win for Lamar, which edged Prairie View A&M by a 3-2 margin at home last year. The Lady Cardinals are now 2-6 all-time in season openers, and 1-4 when opening the season on the road.
“I thought our defense did a tremendous job today,” Cervantes said. “We played so much better than we did last season. I was extremely happy with what I saw.”
Lamar returns to action at 2 p.m. (Central) Sunday when it travels to Cal Poly to wrap up the two-game West Coast swing. Cal Poly (0-1) opened its season with a 2-1 loss at Pepperdine on Friday.
“Cal Poly will be tough,” Cervantes said. “They are very quick. It will definitely be a challenge.”
Following Sunday’s game, Lamar returns to Beaumont to open a five-game homestand starting a 7 p.m. contest Aug. 29 against Rice.
Season tickets and individual game tickets are now available. Tickets may be purchased at the Montagne Center ticket office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are also available online at www.LamarCardinals.com, or by calling (409) 880-1715.