One year ago, the Southern University Lady Jaguars Soccer team headed into the first weekend of September 0-3-0, allowing 11 goals in process. This season, the team is 0-1-2 early in the year. The Lady Jags have only allowed seven goals. Last year, the team only scored ten goals all season, while being unable to score a goal until September 29. They produced three goals in the season opener alone.
Much can be said about the recruiting job head coach Jeremy Fontenot has done with this team, signing a program high 15 student-athletes over the summer. The recruiting wave has already made an impact, as two freshmen (goalkeeper Amber Zarate & midfielder Faith Sparks) found their way in the starting lineup during the Lady Jags’ home exhibition matchup vs. Louisiana College. Following the game, Fontenot told reporters that there is still a battle for the starting goalkeeper spot.
Among other high points was home attendance at Jaguar Park. During the press conference, Fontenot credited pushing back the start times of matches in order to allow more fans to avoid the Louisiana heat.
This weekend, the team will be in Texas, facing off against Lamar in Beaumont (Friday), before heading to Austin to face Huston-Tillotson (Saturday). The team doesn’t play in Jaguar Park until September 21.
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