Lady Cards suffer first conference loss
Oct. 16, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas - Lamar goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs tied a season high with 10 saves, but it wasn't enough for the Lady Cardinals in a 1-0 loss to visiting Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference women's soccer game Sunday.
Gibbs, who made 10 saves in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over Sam Houston State, had another solid performance Sunday, making a number of spectacular saves for the Lady Cardinals (7-6-1 overall, 4-1-0 conference), who suffered their first Southland loss of the season.
Stephen F. Austin (11-2-1, 6-0-0) was averaging 4.0 goals per game in conference play heading into Sunday's contest, but Gibbs and the Lamar defense held the Ladyjacks in check for most of the game.
The only goal of the contest came at the 10:55 mark of the first half as Chelsea Raymond converted a breakaway opportunity for her 13th goal of the season.
Lacey Lee made the goal standup for Stephen F. Austin, making five saves to pick up the shutout.
"We played well, but we didn't capitalize on our chances," Lamar coach Dewi Hardman said. "Obviously, we played a very good team, but moral victories aren't going to put food on the table."
Kristin Bos led the Lamar offense with four shots.
With the loss, Lamar fell into a tie for second place in the conference with Texas State. Lamar will travel to San Marcos at 1 p.m. Sunday to meet the Bobcats after a 7 p.m. Friday contest at UTSA (3-2 conference).
"We have a big weekend on the road coming up," Hardman said. "We have a chance to finish second and get the first-round bye in the tournament. We have to take care of business on the road."
Following the two-game road swing, Lamar will wrap up the regular season at home with contests against Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and Northwestern State at 1 p.m. Oct. 30.
"The remaining four games are important," Hardman said. "We're on the road against two teams fighting for second place, after that, we come home to face two teams that may need wins to get into the conference tournament. We can't afford to let down."