LAKE CHARLES- After a bye week, the McNeese Cowgirls (8-3-1, 5-1-0) will resume Southland Conference play with trips to Southeastern and Nicholls this weekend.
Opponent: Southeastern (5-5-1, 3-2-1) / Nicholls (0-10-0, 0-6-0)
Date: October 8, 10
Site: Hammond, La./Thibodaux, La.
Time: 7 p.m. / 1 p.m.
Live Stats: SLU / Nicholls
Live Stream: ESPN+ (SLU – Friday) / Nicholls – TBD
The Cowgirls hosted both teams the weekend of September 10-12. The Cowgirls defeated the Lady Lions 1-0 in a highly competitive defensive battle. Havana Johnson tallied the goal for the Cowgirls and Jackie Kelly recorded a shutout against the preseason favorites. The Cowgirls also emerged victorious over Nicholls by a score of 2-0, Jillian Bech and Rachel Young both scored their first goals of the season in the match.
Scouting the Lady Lions:
Southeastern is currently riding a 4-0-1 streak into the match. SLU is coming off road victories at Nicholls and Louisiana Tech, in which Haylii Roe and Nadine Maher garnered Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week recognition, respectively. The Lady Lions have scored the second most goals in the SLC (22) only behind the Cowgirls (28).
Scouting the Colonels:
Nicholls has allowed 35 goals by the opposition to their singular goal scored on the year. In their last three matches their defense gave up a formidable five goals however they were unable to convert on the other end. They have faced much adversity however due to the effects of Hurricane Ida. They are led by Robert Podeyn who is in his first season leading the Nicholls program.
The Cowgirls rank first in a bevy of categories amongst the rest of the SLC. Drew Fitzgerald‘s team ranks first with 82 total offensive points. The next closest team is Southeastern with 57. The Pokes also rank first amongst the league in total goals (28) and assists (26). Senior’s Anna Watson and Havana Johnson each have nine points on the year (4g, 1a) which slots them both in fourth-highest league-wide. Keely Morrow ranks second in the league with four assists on the year from the defender position.
Fresh and Ready
Freshman goalie Jackie Kelly has been impressive during her first season in the blue and gold. All she has done since being called upon to start is record five shutouts, allow the fewest goals per game in the conference (0.548 – 21th across D1), and have a save percentage of 87.5 (13th across D1).
2021 MCNEESE WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE
Oct. 8 *at Southeastern La.
Oct. 10 *at Nicholls
OCT. 15 *INCARNATE WORD
OCT. 17 *TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
OCT. 22 * HOUSTON BAPTIST
Oct. 29 *at Northwestern State
NOV. 3-7 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT (CORPUS CHRISTI, TX.)
*-Southland Conference Game