The Ragin’ Cajuns spring soccer season has officially come to a close. The five-game season started on Feb. 26 and ended on Saturday, March 27. The team went 1-4 for the spring season.
The first game of the season was an away game against Alabama. Louisiana attempted 12 shots against the Alabama defense, but none of them were enough to score. Alabama’s goalkeeper stopped five net shots during the game, while Alabama’s offense scored the game's only goal during the 57th minute. Louisiana’s defense held off Alabama’s scoring efforts up to that point, but it still resulted in an Alabama 1-0 win over the Cajuns.
The next game took place on Feb. 28 against Mississippi State. Louisiana was held to only two shot attempts against their opponents, but still successfully scored one goal.
Mississippi State scored twice in the beginning and once at the end of the game as Louisiana’s defense was not strong enough. This 1-3 away loss would be another disappointment before the Cajuns returned to Lafayette to take on Nicholls.
Louisiana competed against Nicholls on March 18. The team put on an impressive display on both ends of the field. Louisiana attempted 20 shots, three of which made it past the Nicholls defense. Nicholls attempted seven shots of their own but were thwarted by the Cajuns’ defense. The 3-0 Cajuns’ home win would be the only one during the spring season, but the 10th overall for the entire season, a feat that hasn’t happened since 2010.
The Ragin’ Cajuns once again traveled for their next matchup. On March 20, the Cajuns took on Texas A&M. Texas A&M scored two goals facing the Cajuns, one of which came from a penalty kick. Louisiana did successfully save eight shots, but on offense were outshot 2-21 against the Aggies. This was the third SEC opponent Louisiana faced during the season as no games were part of the Sun Belt Conference.
After the game, Head Coach Lance Key spoke about the experience.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the performance of our student-athletes in that setting, we saw it as a learning opportunity,” Key said.
Louisiana closed out the season with a loss on Saturday, March 27 against Big 12 opponent Baylor. This 5-0 loss was the worst of the season and showed what Louisiana needs to work on before the fall campaign. Baylor scored four out of five of their goals within seven minutes.
Louisiana was short-handed defensively because the starting defender, Alex Augustyn, was not participating in the game. Short-handed, it was still impressive to see Cajun’s goalkeeper Lauryn Starwood stop a career-high 13 shots.
Prior to the game against Baylor, Associate Head Coach Stephen Salas spoke on the game. “Just trying to play against the best, trying to challenge our girls and we’ve really stepped up. Refocus had a good result, practices are going really well, we’re clicking the team’s in high spirits and we’re excited for this game, our last game of the spring,” Salas said.
The Ragin’ Cajuns soccer season will resume in the fall.