Oct. 30, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lisa Hance made her last game at the Lamar Soccer Complex a memorable one Sunday.
Hance scored three goals to highlight Senior Day to lead the Lamar University women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over Northwestern State in a Southland Conference game.
Hance scored all of her goals after intermission as Lamar (9-7-2, overall, 6-2-1 conference) rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit. Lamar's win combined with UTSA's 1-0 loss at Southeastern Louisiana, allowed the Lady Cardinals to finish third in the conference, their highest finish in the five-year history of the program.
Lamar will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament later this week at Northwestern State.
"It's encouraging to go into the tournament as the third seed," Lamar coach Dewi Hardman said. "It shows the hard work of our players."
Hance, who was one of three seniors playing in their final home game, got Lamar on the board 2:45 into the second half on an unassisted tally. She notched the game-winner 13 ½ minutes later, then netted an insurance goal with 23:43 remaining.
"I couldn't be happier," Hance said. "To score three goals in my final home game is something special."
Amber Thornhill had two assits for the Lady Cardinals. Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs made four saves in the win. Senior Rachelle Barry had two shots on goal from her defensive position.
"You don't want to lose at home on Senior Day," Hardman said. "These three seniors have done a lot for the program, and we wanted to win for them."
Ashlee Savona scored for Northwestern State (8-10-1, 2-6-1), which failed to qualify for the tournament. Jessica Danku made three saves for the Lady Demons.
Lamar will face sixth-seeded Sam Houston in the first round at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. For ticket information, visit the Southland Conference website at www.southland.org.