After picking up their first conference win last weekend, the Sam Houston State women’s soccer team looks to continue their winning ways with a pair of games this weekend.
The Bearkats (3-9, 1-4 SLC) split a pair of conference games last weekend at Pritchett Field with a 2-1 victory over Northwestern State (10-5-1, 3-2-1 SLC) and a 4-3 loss against Central Arkansas (7-7, 4-2 SLC). The Kats will try to at least split the games against conference opponents McNeese State (7-4-4, 3-1-1 SLC) and woeful Lamar (0-14, 0-5 SLC).
Having scored only one goal in their previous four games, the Bearkats’ offense, which until now has remained relatively quiet, recently made some noise.
Led by Raquel Bueno, who had both goals in the win over Northwestern State and Yoanna Garcia, who had a hat trick in the game against Central Arkansas, the offense was able to pull together for the win.
The victory over Northwestern State was a big one for the Kats and could serve as a future launching point for the team moving forward as the season begins to reach the ending point.
Friday, the Bearkats travel to Beaumont to take on the Lamar Cardinals in an attempt to pick up their second conference win. The winless Cardinals, in their first season in the Southland conference, have been outscored 83-2 and against Southland conference competition, have been outscored 20-1. They rank last in several offensive and defensive categories including shots (6.5 per game), goals (0.14 per game), goals allowed (5.93 per game), shutouts (0) and save percentage (62.9%).
Though Sam Houston State looks to have an easy march to victory, when the Bearkats travel to Lake Charles, Louisiana for a Sunday afternoon game against the McNeese Cowgirls, they shouldn’t expect anything quite as easy. The Bearkats look to extract some revenge against the Cowgirls after last year’s 1-0 loss in Lake Charles.
McNeese is one of the better offensive teams in the league. Led by junior forward Kamryn Koch, the Cowgirl offense ranks second in the conference in points (23) and is tied for first in goals (10) against McNeese State, the Bearkats will look to slow down the offensive onslaught Koch, the conference leader in shots, will bring in the game.
Defensively, the Cowgirls also look to be one of the strongest in the conference. Goalies Shelby Money and Labrie Pritzen have a combined seven shutouts, which ties for the most in the conference and have allowed only 15 goals through 15 games.
The Bearkats return home next week on Friday, Nov. 2, when they play Nicholls State and Sunday, November 4 when they take on Southeastern Louisiana for the last home game of the season.