Women's soccer opens season at Air Force on Friday
Aug. 16, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar University women's soccer team opens its 2012 season with games at Air Force and Wyoming this weekend, part of a stretch of five consecutive games away from home to start the season. The Lady Cardinals are at Air Force at 7 p.m. Friday and at Wyoming at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
"Air Force is a tough place to play," first-year coach Orlando Cervantes said. "The altitude makes it tough on the players. It's a really difficult environment."
The Lady Cardinals are coming off their most successful season in the five-year history of the program, going 9-8-2 overall last year, with a 6-2-1 mark in conference play. Cervantes likes what he sees with this year's team.
"They're ready to play," Cervantes said. "They've seen a lot of video. The mistakes they made and a lot of good things. They're starting to piece it all together right now."
Lamar returns five of its six leading scorers from last season, including sophomores Kimmy Albeno (Bellflower, Calif.) and Kristin Bos (Valenica, Calif.), who each had five goals last season. Redshirt freshman Bailey Fontenot (Beaumont, Texas) and true freshman Elizabeth Silas (Upland, Calif.) are both expected to see some time in goal on the trip as they vie to earn the No. 1 spot to fill the void left by the graduation of Jennifer Gibbs, who registered every win in Lamar history.
Following this wekend's games, Lamar is at Southern on Aug. 24 and plays two games at the UTSA Tournament the following weekend before opening the home portion of its schedule by hosting Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.
Cervantes believes the team will be able to unite on the early-season road trips.
"I like to have them do fun things on the road," he said. "Not only will we play the tough games, but we'll also see some sights and bond together."