Nov. 1, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar University Lady Cardinals open their quest for their first-ever Southland Conference women's soccer title at 7 p.m. Friday at McNeese State's Cowgirl Field.
Lamar (10-8-1 overall, 6-2-0 Southland) is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, earning a first-round bye. The Lady Cardinals will meet the winner of Thursday night's quarterfinal contest between No. 3 seed Southeastern Louisiana and No. 6 seed McNeese State. Thursday's other first-round game pits No. 4 seed Oral Roberts against fifth-seeded Sam Houston State. The winner of that game faces top-seeded Stephen F. Austin at 4:#0 p.m. Friday at McNeese State.
The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at McNeese State.
"We've had some good practices this week," Lamar coach Orlando Cervantes said. "We are just going to take it one game at a time."
Offensively, Lamar is led by second team All-Southland Conference selection Kristin Bos, who set single-season LU records for goals (10) and points (23) this season. Kimmy Albeno is close behind with 21 points on nine goals and three assists.
Goalkeeper Bailey Fontenot set a school record with 10 wins this season and tied a school mark with six shutouts. The sophomore comes into the tournament with a 1.14 goals-against average and a save percentage of .849, which are both on pace to set school records.
Lamar was a 1-0 winner at Southeastern Louisiana this season, but dropped a 1-0 decision at McNeese State in the conference opener. The Lady Cardinals rebounded from that loss to go on a school-record five-game winning streak.
Friday's game will be streamed live on the Southland Conference's website at http://www.southland.org/SouthlandTV/SLCNow.aspx. Sunday's championship game will be shown live on the Southland Conference Network that includes KUIL 12.3 (MYTX/MyNetwork) in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area.
Tickets for Friday's semifinal doubleheader are $10. Tickets for Sunday's championship game are $8 for adults and $6 for youths. Children younger than 5 and students at Southland Conference institutions are admitted free with a valid ID. For more information, visit http://www.southland.org/Sports/WomensSoccer/WomensSoccerTournament.aspx.