Soccer ventures to Central Arkansas

GO CARDINALS Coach Orlando Cervantes' Cardinals are in a must-win situation at Central Arkansas on Friday.
GO CARDINALS
Coach Orlando Cervantes' Cardinals are in a must-win situation at Central Arkansas on Friday.
GO CARDINALS

Oct. 30, 2013

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BEAUMONT, Texas -

Friday is the end of the regular season for the Lamar University women's soccer team. The Cardinals are hoping it's not the end of their entire season.

Lamar travels to Conway, Ark., for a meeting with Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Friday. The Cardinals know they most likely need a win in that game along with some favorable results in other games this weekend if they are to playing in the Southland Conference Tournament that gets under way Nov. 7 at McNeese State.

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Kimmy Albeno's school-record ninth goal of the season lifted Lamar University to a 2-1 victory over visiting Central Arkansas in a Southland Conference women's soccer game Friday evening.

Lamar (7-9-2 overall, 4-5-2 Southland) enters the weekend clinging to the sixth and final berth with 14 points with one game remaining. Northwestern State, which has 13 points, and Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas, with 12 points apiece, have two games remaining. Lamar is one point behind Nicholls and Sam Houston State, who also have two games remaining. The regular season ends Sunday.

"We just have to win. We can't control what else happens," Lamar coach Orlando Cervantes said. "We're just going to have to see what happens."

The Cardinals are playing some of their best soccer of the season right now. Lamar is 3-0-1 in its last four games, outscoring its opponents 7-1 over that span.

"For the most part, we're finally healthy," Cervantes said. "We're playing with some confidence, and it shows."

Kimmy Albeno leads Lamar in scoring with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Jannet Hernandez has six goals and three assists for 15 points.

Central Arkansas (7-9-2, 4-6-0) has dropped five of its last six games.  Adriana Lucar leads the Bears in scoring with 21 points on nine goals and three assists.

Lamar leads the overall series 3-2-1, but the Cardinals are 0-1-1 all-time at Central Arkansas. Last season, Lamar posted a 2-1 win over the visiting Bears as Bailey Fontenot made seven saves. Albeno and Hernandez scored for Lamar.

"Friday will be a tough game," Cervantes said. "Both teams are battling for a playoff spot. We just have to want it more."

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