Oct. 2, 2011
LAKE CHARLES, La. -
Lisa Hance's first-half goal was all the offense the Lamar University women's soccer team needed in a 1-0 win at McNeese State in the Southland Conference opener for both teams Sunday.
Hance scored with 14:14 remaining in the first half on an assist from Lorna Maudslay. After that it was up to goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs and the Lamar (4-5-1 overall, 1-0-0 conference) defense to preserve the victory. Gibbs made two saves for her school-record fourth shutout of the season and 10th of her career.
"It was a hard-fought game," Lamar coach Dewi Hardman said. "We showed great work effort and determination in the second half to hold on to the lead."
Hardman credited the defensive four of Grace Bowman, Danielle Pearce, Amber Thornhill and Nicole Frank to limiting the Cowgirls (5-6-0, 0-1-0) to just eight total shots and two shots on goal.
"The back four worked well together," Hardman said. "It was a great team effort."
Cassandra Read made three saves for McNeese State.
Lamar returns to action with a pair of road conference games next weekend. The Lady Cardinals will be at Southeastern Louisiana at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Nicholls at 1 p.m. Sunday.