After a win against ULM on Oct. 13, the Ragin’ Cajuns soccer team failed to keep their momentum going into their game on Oct. 18. Louisiana played Georgia State in Georgia. The game resulted in a 0-2 loss.
The Georgia State game was the last away game of the regular season and also the third to last of regular season play. Last season, Louisiana played Georgia State at home, resulting in a 1-2 loss.
Historically Louisiana has been 3-2 against Georgia State since 2014.
On Oct. 18, Georgia State had a clean victory over Louisiana. Though Georgia State outshot Louisiana 14-11, there were no penalties in the game.
Going into the game, Georgia State had a 5-8-2 overall record and a 2-4-1 Sun Belt Conference record.
Both of Georgia State’s goals came from the first half within the first 20 minutes of play. The first goal was by Brooke Shank at 11:22 and the second was by Jolie Ryff at 19:02.
The Georgia State duo assisted each other with their goals. After that, neither team scored again.
Even though the Ragin’ Cajuns lost, they led in saves 3-2 and corner kicks 5-2. Louisiana also led 5-2 in shots on goal.
The 16 fouls compared to Georgia State’s nine was also a factor in the loss. Georgia State’s goalkeeper Kendra Clarke produced a shutout after stopping two Ragin’ Cajuns shots.
Five Louisiana players attempted shots throughout the game. Sophomore midfielder Telly Vunipola, senior defender Kaylie Powell, sophomore defender Gwen Mummert, and freshman forward Karleen Bedre all attempted shots for the Ragin’ Cajuns, while junior midfielder Una Einarsdottir led the team with three shot attempts.
Powell came closest to scoring for the Ragin’ Cajuns with her shot at the 10th minute of play, however, Clarke was able to stop the shot from reaching the net.
Louisiana now has a 7-6-3 overall record and a 3-3-2 Sun Belt Conference record. With this impressive record, they are ranked fourth in the SBC.
Up next, Louisiana will compete in their final two regular-season games. On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., the Ragin’ Cajuns face Georgia Southern. Soon after, on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., Louisiana plays Troy.
The Georgia Southern game will be the Pink Game, honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Troy game will be Senior Day. The game will honor senior goalkeepers Mackenzie Lee and Victoria Mendes, as well as senior midfielder Katherine Whitman and defender Kaylie Powell.
Both games will be held at home and broadcasted on CST and ESPN plus. The games being at home is beneficial to Louisiana. Their home record is 4-0-1.
Following these games, the Ragin’ Cajuns will compete in the Sun Belt Championships starting Nov. 6 and ending Nov. 10. The championship tournament will be held away in Foley Alabama.