LAKE CHARLES — Ja’Nae Powell scored the match’s only goal in the 28th minute as McNeese State defeated Sam Houston State University 1-0 in a Southland Conference women’s soccer contest Sunday afternoon.
McNeese State improved its record to 6-4 for the season and 2-2 in Southland Conference. Sam Houston State fell to 3-11 for the year and 1-4 in league action.
Powell scored when a Bearkat defender attempted to clear the ball in front of the net but failed to make contact with it as it passed in front of her. This left Powell with a wide open opportunity with just goalkeeper Melissa Sauceda between her and the net.
Powell kicked a strike into the back of the net for her third goal of the season and what proved the be the only scoring on the afternoon.
In a rough contest in which the Cowgirls were called for 29 fouls, McNeese goalkeeper Shelby Money recorded her second shutout in three starts. Money recorded six saves in the contest.
Each team had 11 shots in the game, with Powell leading the Cowgirls while Renee Landers, Cynthia Torres, and Mariana Urtaza added two each.
Sam Houston’s Raquel Bueno notched four shots while Alison Oakland and Tofi Chavez added two each for the Lady Bearkats.
Next action for the Bearkats will be Friday, Oct. 13, in Austin against the University of Texas.
Earlier on Friday, Julie Zavala scored in the game-winner in the 22nd minute as first place Northwestern State defeated Sam Houston 3-1 in a Southland Conference women’s soccer match at Demon Soccer Park.
Former Huntsville Hornet Nikki Swearingin scored Sam Houston’s only goal 19:10 into the contest to tie the contest 1-1. Kayce Schultz opened the scoring for the Demons, knocking the ball in the net off a pass from Lauren Miller just 10:29 into the match.
Erin Hebert added an insurance tally in the 81st minute.
Northwestern State (8-5-1, SLC 3-0) totaled 15 shots as compared with the Bearkats’ five attempts. Swearingin took three of the Bearkats’ shots while Tofie Chavez added two.
The Bearkats now stand in last place in the Southland Conference.