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McNeese edges Lady Lions 1-0 in defensive battle

Havana Johnson scored in the 54th minute as McNeese defeated the Southeastern Louisiana University women’s soccer team, 1-0, Sunday night at Cowgirl Field.

The Lady Lions (1-5, 0-2 Southland) were outshot, 19-7, by McNeese (5-2-1, 2-0 Southland) as SLU dropped their second straight conference match by a 1-0 score.

Early on, the two teams came out with stifling defense as just nine shots were attempted in the first 45 minutes bringing the match to a scoreless first half. The Cowgirls attempted seven to two for the Lady Lions.

The action picked up in the second half as Nadine Maher made a terrific diving save to deny Anna Watson in the 51st minute.

However, the Cowgirls would cash in moments later for the match’s only goal when Johnson scored from an awkward angle from Maher’s left side. The shot trickled past Maher just inside the post for the goal.

Just like Friday night, the Lady Lions did not throw in the towel as they went on the attack. SLU’s Lexie Gundersen created a nice opportunity for the Lady Lions as she played a cross in front of the net to Makenzie Maher. However, the shot sailed just above the cross bar.

The best opportunity of the match for SLU came in the 81st minute. Gundersen’s shot from inside the box was saved by McNeese goalkeeper Jackie Kelly. Junior Mya Guillory recovered the loose ball and her shot sailed high as the Cowgirls hung on to edge the Lady Lions.

McNeese finished with nine shots on goal to three for the Lady Lions. The Cowgirls had three corner kicks while SLU had two.

Watson led the Cowgirls with eight shots while Johnson finished with four. The Lady Lions were led by Claire Huston with two. Nadine Maher tallied eight saves for SLU as well.

“It was a tough game tonight,” said SLU head coach Chris McBride. “McNeese played a very good game. Their shape causes problems and they made their chances count.”

The Lady Lions will remain in Beaumont, Texas where they’ve been since Wednesday, Sept. 1 following the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Then, the Lady Lions will travel to Houston, Texas Thursday night at 7 p.m. to face Houston Baptist (0-5-2, 0-0-1 Southland).

SCORE ONE MORE CLUB/S CLUB

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the women’s soccer program are encouraged to join the Score One More Club.  Lion alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners. All membership fees and donations to Score One More Club are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern soccer program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information on Southeastern Soccer, follow @LionUpSoccer and @chrismcbride88 on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

TICKETS

For ticket information, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net/tickets. Southeastern is implementing mobile ticketing as the primary source for securing tickets for the 2020-21 season. All tickets will be available via e-mail in a PDF format for fans to download on their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded to Apple Wallet.

SCORE ONE MORE CLUB/S CLUB

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the women’s soccer program are encouraged to join the Score One More Club.  Lion alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners. All membership fees and donations to Score One More Club are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern soccer program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information on Southeastern Soccer, follow @LionUpSoccer and @chrismcbride88 on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

TICKETS

For ticket information, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net/tickets. Southeastern is implementing mobile ticketing as the primary source for securing tickets for the 2020-21 season. All tickets will be available via e-mail in a PDF format for fans to download on their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded to Apple Wallet.