Oct. 30, 2009
THIBODAUX, La. -- Grace Bowman picked a great time to score her first career goal.
The freshman took a corner kick from Lisa Hance and put a low shot inside the near post seven minutes into overtime to lift Lamar to a 3-2 win over Nicholls State and keep its SLC Tournament hopes alive at Guidry Stadium Friday night.
Lamar (4-12-1, 3-5-0 SLC) won for the third time in the last four games and recorded its first-ever overtime victory, improving to 1-2-1 this season and 1-3-2 all-time. Nicholls (4-14-1, 0-7-1) remained winless in league play.
Lamar jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to scores in the 15th and 22nd minutes.
The initial goal was started on a long ball from goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs. Hance then fed Kari Davila who netted her fourth goal of the season at the 14:33 mark. Just under seven minutes later Hance was the passer again as her corner kick started a play that Rachelle Barry headed to Lorna Gover, who then turned on the ball and scored. It was her second goal of the year.
Nicholls came right back with a pair of goals by leading scorer Kaity Mattsson in the final 12 minutes of the half. The first came on a scramble in the box that Carolyn Noble slipped the ball to Mattsson who cut the LU lead to 2-1 at the 35:57 point. The duo teamed up again with 1:38 remaining in the half to tie the score at 2-2.
Neither team was able to crack the scoring column in the second half but Lamar did control play for the majority of the period. The Lady Cardinals had numerous chances, including one from Kari Busch in the 87th minute from about two yards that Nicholls goalkeeper Molly Mersereau deflected out of bounds.
Lamar outshot Nicholls 19-8 for the game and managed a 7-1 edge in corner kicks. The Cards' final two goals came off corner kick opportunities.
Hance finished with a school-record three assists and increased her career scoring total to 17 points, just one shy of tying Aline Pugliesi for the LU all-time mark.
Lamar will conclude the regular-season at Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Hammond, La.