The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s soccer team ended their 2019-20 season with a 9-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-2 Sun Belt Conference record.
On their home field, they were 5-1-1, and their traveling record was 3-5-2.
Though the start of the season seemed to be a little tough for the Ragin’ Cajuns with two losses (UTSA and Lamar) and a tie (Northern Illinois), they fought back with a strong force resulting in a four-game winning streak.
Shortly after and not far from home at Northwestern State University, the Ragin’ Cajuns lost 1-2 in an intense game against the Demons. Not able to catch a break, they tied against South Alabama (0-0), lost to Arkansas State (0-1) and tied against Little Rock (1-1).
The Ragin’ Cajuns faced Appalachian State with a winner’s attitude, resulting in a 1-0 win. This momentum carried over to the next game where the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Coastal Carolina (3-1).
The rest of the season for the Cajuns was a back-and-forth rally between wins and losses. After a trip to San Marcos, Texas, the Ragin’ Cajuns lost 0-1 against Texas State University. Soon after, they took a 2-0 win in their own home state of Louisiana against ULM. An 0-2 loss against Georgia State, a 2-0 win against Georgia Southern and a 1-2 OT loss against Troy concluded the regular season.
On Nov. 6, 2019, history was made for the women of the Ragin’ Cajuns soccer team this season as they not only met up with Troy, but crushed the game, winning 3-0 in the Sun Belt Conference Championships for the first time ever.
Unfortunately, a 0-1 loss against Arkansas State proceeded this big win. Though they ended in a loss, their final stats, highlighted both players and games.
Newly instated head-coach, Lance Key, was excited about his first season at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since his first day. Not only is his passion teaching soccer, but he also focuses on the mental aspects of the game. Key said he believes that self-confidence and hard work are the key components of the game.
“You know I just told them, most of these guys have been playing the game for 12,13,14,15 years; they have plenty of experience to draw on,” Key said. “They just have to believe in their decision-making process.”
Looking at statistics for the season, Una Einarsdottir, a midfielder for the Ragin’ Cajuns, led the team in both shots (38) and shots-on-goal (19). In addition, a sophomore, Gwen Mummert, was selected for the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Team after being a solid defensive player for the Cajuns. Both players led the team throughout the season.
More important than the wins and losses, however, are the fundamental lessons that are taught through this sport. Sportsmanship, humility, hard work and friendship just touch the basics of everything soccer gives to these players.
Skyla Skyes, a sophomore, said “That for me is what makes all of the failures and time and effort that we put into practices worth it.”
The memories and lessons gained from this season ultimately meant more than stats or awards to the Ragin’ Cajuns.