Sept. 26, 2000
Southland Weekly Soccer - Sept. 26, 2000
ULM's Overtime Win Against SLU Creates Three-Way Tie
There's a logjam in first place in the Southland Conference and the schedule hasn't even reached the midpoint yet. With league leader Southwest Texas idle in Southland play, Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Monroe seized the opportunity to move up. SLU began by beating Nicholls State, 1-0, in double overtime earlier in the week. SLU had the opportunity to end the game earlier, but Becca Weingartner missed a penalty kick. Jamie Brown finished the marathon at 119:35 when she took a pass off Leah Chandler's indirect free kick, placing her shot in the top left corner of the goal. Nicholls' netminder, freshman Lindsey Reecht, made 11 saves in the effort.
Then SLU and ULM faced each other in stormy Monroe. With the officials stuck in traffic, the start time was moved back thirty minutes to 6:30 p.m. Then the thunderstorms arrived minutes before kickoff, sending both squads to the locker rooms. The contest was delayed 1:15 and didn't get underway until 7:45 p.m. The game was scoreless at the half with both sides registering three shots on goal. In the second half, ULM fired off 11 shots to SLU's seven. But nothing got past the keepers and the game went into overtime. Jamie Pawlik slotted home the game-winning goal 8:40 into the OT as the Lady Indians held on to upset the previously unbeaten Lady Lions, 1-0. Two days later, ULM improved its Conference record to 3-1 with its second consecutive shutout on a 1-0 victory over Nicholls. Goalkeeper Jennifer Doran earned back-to-back shutouts for the first time. Last year, ULM had just three Southland wins all year. The Lady Indians are 3-1 in 2000 with eight yet to play.
In SLU's 2-0 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday, Weingartner scored a goal and added an assist to move past former standout Ashley Strine as the Lady Lions' all-time leading scorer with 64 points. She became the school's all-time leading goal scorer earlier in the season when she tallied her 23rd career goal. Goalie Nicole Helmig allowed just one goal in 314 minutes of action, posting her fifth shutout of the year in the win over the Ragin' Cajuns.
ULM defeated Nicholls State, 1-0, when Chelsea Shriner knocked home a rebound off of a shot from Jade Johnson that hit the post. The Lady Indians handed the Lady Colonels their sixth straight loss. Nicholls struggled on offense, managing just two shots on goal to ULM's nine. Reecht recorded six saves
Although they weren't playing in Conference, Southwest Texas was anything but idle. In SWT's lone match of the week, it walloped Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-0, in the first game ever played at the new Bobcat Soccer Complex. Jessica Armendariz scored the first hat trick in SWT history. She earned nine points with four goals and an assist on five shots. She has 19 points this season, breaking her 1999 total of 16 in just nine games. Armendariz's nine points and four goals now rank in this year's NCAA single-game highs. The Bobcat defense allowed just five ULL shots and only two on target. SWT has already outscored its 1999 total, scoring 27 goals in nine games. During last year's run to the Southland tournament title, the 'Cats scored 26 goals in 21 games.
Northwestern State continues to struggle on the road while thriving at home. The Demons are 3-0 at Demon Field while posting a disappointing 0-5 mark at the visiting venue. Their next four games are on the road, meaning they must come out of this slump if they want a shot at making the Southland tournament. Northwestern State defeated Stephen F. Austin, 3-1, then lost to LSU, 0-3. Britiany Cargill, with 12 goals in 11 games, needs just one goal in the remaining nine on the schedule to break her own school record for goals in a season. She also holds the career mark for Northwestern State. She scored the game-winner against SFA before injuring her ankle, which kept her out of the LSU contest. Cargill is ranked nationally in points per game (No. 19 with 2.60 ppg) and goals per game (No. 6 with 1.20 gpg). Tiffany Swingler was in goal for both games last week, registering four saves in preserving the victory over SFA. She also had 11 saves on 26 LSU shots, keeping the Demons within striking distance until the 82nd minute.
In the 3-1 loss to NWLa., Anna Steed scored the lone Ladyjack goal, which tied the game at 61:07. SFA also dropped a 3-0 decision to Drury College, then took on McNeese Sunday afternoon. The two teams played to a 3-3 tie, the first tie in Conference this year. With seven points, McN is in fourth place just a point ahead of NWLa. SFA earned its first point of the year with the draw. Knotted at 2-2, it was Steed who scored at the 80:00 mark to pull SFA ahead, but the lead was short-lived when Brenna Abbitt scored four minutes later unassisted. Both teams had four shots apiece in the two OTs.
Earlier in the week, McNeese lost, 5-1, to Centenary. Abbitt scored twenty seconds into the game before Centenary's offense woke up with five unanswered goals.
Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week for Sept. 26, 2000
Offensive Player of the Week
Jessica Armendariz * sophomore * forward * Southwest Texas
Jessica Armendariz, a sophomore from El Paso, Texas, put herself in the SWT record books with the school's first-ever hat trick in an explosive offensive effort against Louisiana-Lafayette. Armendariz scored four goals on five shots and added an assist for nine points. Her performance now ranks as one of the top single-game highs in goals and points in the nation this season. Already with 19 points, she has surpassed her 1999 point total, which was 16.
Also nominated: Jamie Pawlik, ULM, Britiany Cargill, NWLa., Becca Weingartner, SLU.
Previous winners: Cory Cochrane, SLU, Britiany Cargill, NWLa., Maggie Brooks, SWT, Wanda Regan, SLU.
Defensive Player of the Week
Jennifer Doran * sophomore * goalkeeper * Louisiana-Monroe
Jennifer Doran, a sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, recorded her first-ever back-to-back shutouts with two key Conference victories last week. Doran made 10 saves in two complete games (195 minutes), including four in an overtime win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Also nominated: Tiffany Swingler, NWLa., Nicole Helmig, SLU.
Previous winners: Nicole Helmig, SLU (two weeks), Kristen Tutt, SWT, Sara Hand, McN.