Aug. 24, 2007
BEAUMONT - After forcing Navarro College to double-overtime last Saturday, the Lamar University soccer team will host Texas Southern in exhibition action Sunday at 2 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium. This will be the Cardinals final tune-up prior to the start of the regular season. Admission is free to the general public.
Lamar opens the regular season and plays its first official game in school history Friday at 5 p.m. against Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona's Tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Cardinals will play the host Lumberjacks Sunday at 3 p.m. Lamar's first regular season home game will be Sept. 23 when Grambling visits Cardinal Stadium for a 1 p.m. game.
After 90 minutes of action last Saturday at Cardinal Stadium, Lamar and Navarro were deadlocked at 0-0. The score remained 0-0 after the first of two 10 minute extra sessions. The Bulldogs finally broke through in the 114th minute when Ashley Browne lobbed a ball into the back right corner of the net. Lamar goalkeeper Kelsie Binetti, a freshman from Lumberton, Texas/Lumberton HS, saved Robin D'Argo's initial shot, but Browne was able to convert on the rebound.
Freshman Rachelle Barry (University Park, Wash./Curtis HS) led Lamar with three shots against Navarro and freshman Stefani Turner (Corpus Christi, Texas/Carroll HS) and freshman Ericka Predmore (Las Vegas, Nev./Bonanza HS) each had one shot on goal.
"We're continuing to work on possession and started to build team tactics this week," said Dillon of the team's preparation for this week's exhibition. "I'm hoping our fitness level will be up and our possession should be up. We've had a lot more chances to play together this week, so we should have better team play. We haven't really focused on coaching the offense yet, we've been concentration on the back line and working our way up.
"Given the amount of time we had to prepare for last week's exhibition, I was very pleased with the result," said Dillon in reference to the game with Navarro. "Our goal is to look at each game and make some improvements for the next game. If we can do that consistently all year, then we'll be fine."