Jaguar Soccer Wins 8th Straight by Defeating ULM 7-2 Friday

October 6, 2014 · By · Filed Under Soccer, Sun Belt Conference 

USA_SoccerThe South Alabama women’s soccer team won their eighth consecutive match on Friday when they defeated Louisiana-Monroe 7-2 at The Cage. The eight match winning streak is the second longest in school history.

The seven goals scored by the Jaguars are the second-most ever scored against a Sun Belt opponent, nine against UALR is the record, and the most against ULM in the series history between the schools.

The Jags scored their first three goals in a span of five minutes in the first half. After falling behind 1-0 midway through the first half, the Jags would score five unanswered to take control of the match.

The Warhawks could strike first in the 27th minute on their first shot of the match. The Jags had a 10-0 attempt advantage until that point.

Charde Hannah would set up the next two goals to help the Jags take the lead. Sophomore Monique Autmon tied the match at one in the 35th minute. Just 82 seconds later Hannah would set up freshman Sophie Haywood for her seventh goal of the season to put the Jags ahead 2-1. Then at the 39:53 mark, freshman Rio Hardy ended the scoring outburst after gaining control of a ULM goal kick and taking it the rest of the way, putting the Jags up 3-1 in quick fashion.

The Warhawks came out in the second half with the first five shots of the period, four of them on the net. Then the Jags regrouped and outshot ULM 18-1 the remainder of the match.

Freshman Steffi Hardy and junior Nini Rabsatt-Smith would add to the Jaguars lead in the 61st and 69th minutes before ULM netted their only other goal of the match.

Fellow freshman Danielle Henley and Chelsea Followwell ended the scoring with goals in the 77th minute assisted by Meagan O’Loughlin and in the 86th minute assisted by Rio Hardy, respectively.

Sophomore Sarah Hay had five stops on the day.

“I thought we played well,” Jaguar head coach Graham Winkworth said. “I thought we moved the ball well, particularly in the first half; I thought our ball movement was excellent.”

“The girls were being patient,” Winkworth said about the match. “We were in control of the game in the first half. We went a goal down, but I really wasn’t concerned because we were creating a lot of chances. As long as we’re creating chances, I’m not too nervous. We continued to do that, and I was pleased.”

“We changed a few things and I think it took us a few minutes to settle down,” Winkworth said. “We were still strong defensively; Sarah (Hay) made a couple of big saves, but once she did that, I thought the rest of the half, we were solid defensively and continued what we’ve done most of the season. I’m disappointed to have conceded a couple of goals, but at the same time, when we’ve created that many chances and scored that many goals, you can’t really complain.”

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