Soccer team faces do-or-die situation

HUNTSVILLE — The Sam Houston State University women’s soccer game against Southeastern Louisiana, originally scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m., has been moved to Friday at 7 p.m. due to wet grounds at Intramural Field Number Three on campus. The match site also has changed to Pritchett Field for Friday.

The contest is a crucial one for Sam Houston. The Bearkats must win their final two matches of the season or they will be eliminated from contention for a berth in the Southland Conference post-season tournament.

Six teams earn tournament berths and are tied with Nicholls State for eighth place. Sam Houston stands 3-13 for the season and 1-5 in Southland Conference action. With two of their top goal scoring threats (Yoanna Garcia and Mary MacGregor) out with injuries, the Bearkats have scored only two goals in eight matches.

To make the task even tougher, their opponent Southeastern Louisiana comes to Huntsville in first place in the league with three victories, two ties, and no losses in SLC action. The Lions are led by one of the league’s most dangerous scorers, Danielle Shank, who has eight goals and six assists to her credit.

Sophomore Raquel Bueno and freshman Nikki Swearingin have been providing most of the offensive push for the Bearkats in recent matches. Bueno has scored three goals this season including the lone goal in the Kats’ only Southland victory, a 1-0 shutout of Texas State-San Marcos. Swearingin scored in a 3-1 loss at Northwestern State.

Sam Houston will compete its 2006 regular season schedule on Friday Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. against Texas-San Antonio. That match also will be played at Pritchett Field.

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