Soccer ready for Southland semifinals

GO CARDINALS Kristin Bos leads Lamar in scoring with a school-record 23 points this season.
Kristin Bos leads Lamar in scoring with a school-record 23 points this season.

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 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



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