On Wednesday, Southern University’s soccer team took on the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in a head to head match up at Jaguar Park.
The game started off with lots of energy from the home team as the Lady Jags quick play matched their intensity on the field. The defense was also stellar the first half despite not being able to put points on the board.
The team moved quickly and didn’t allow any easy goals from ULM. That same defense is what elevated the Jags late last season to the SWAC championship.
Chioma Eriken held her ground and continued a stellar sophomore campaign at goalie. She was able to stop nine of the 11 shot attempts made by ULM in the 1st half. Recording 72 minutes during Wednesday’s game, Ericken added nine more saves to her season total.
In the second half, the team was overwhelmed with the number of shot attempts made by the Warhawks. The Warhawks shot a grand total of twelve shots compared to only four by Southern.
The teams only goal of the night was scored by Aniya Clark at 86:40 in the game. The final score was 5-1 as the Lady Jags fell just short of victory. Despite the loss, there are some positivity that can be taken by this game.
The team knows they have the talent and the ability to be able to compete. The first half showed that Southern is still a dominant force to be reckoned with in the SWAC when their defense is as good as it was.
Similar to last season, the Lady Jags look to bounce back and finish better than they started as they get deeper into the season.
“Good Note: With 3 keys players returning to practice this week, we head to conference play with the healthiest team since I been here, said head coach Jeremy Fontenot on his takeaways for his team going forward.
The Jags will look to shake back next week as they go into their final out of conference game against Howard University next week until SWAC play begins in it’s entirety.