Southland Conference Weekly Update

Oct. 3, 2000

Southland Weekly Soccer - Oct. 3, 2000

Three Conference Wins Puts Southwest Texas Back On Top After sitting out last week in Conference action, Southwest Texas defeated all three of its Southland opponents, allowing just one goal by McNeese State. The Bobcats were winners over Stephen F. Austin, McNeese and Louisiana-Monroe. With last week's nine points, SWT is back in first with a total of 18 points, just ahead of Southeastern Louisiana. They have poured on the firepower in league play, scoring 21 goals and allowing only four. The Bobcats, who are on a four-game winning streak, have made it very difficult for teams to score in San Marcos. They have outscored their opponents 16-0 at home this season and are 9-2-1 all-time at home, posting an overall score of 31-13 in those games. Allison Crain netted four goals last week, including two gamewinners. Freshman keeper Tiffany Unruh has been pressed into full-time service since starter Kristen Tutt broke her collarbone against McNeese. Tutt played 162 minutes of shutout soccer before the season-ending injury, recording her third Southland shutout against SFA. Unruh earned the shutout against ULM in her first collegiate start.

SLU handed SFA a 5-1 loss on Friday behind two goals from freshman Cory Cochrane, who tallied her second career multi-goal game, and a goal apiece from Courtney Coutu and Leah Chandler. The Lady Lions then held off a late-charging Northwestern State Sunday afternoon in Hammond, La. They went up 3-0 before the half with scores from Wanda Regan, Chandler and Jamie Brown. The Demons responded with goals at 56:19 from Hillarie Marshall and 78:14 from Jacqualyn Lawrence to close the gap, 3-2. SLU shut down Northwestern's offense for the final 11 minutes to preserve the win. Junior Erica Welter, one of a trio of standout defenders for SLU, missed her first career game after suffering a concussion against the Ladyjacks. She did not dress out for the Northwestern State contest, but is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow to face Nicholls State.

SFA averted a shutout at SLU with 1:34 remaining when Sarah Giessinger took a pass off an indirect free kick from Kimberly Elger and scored on Nicole Helmig from 15 yards out. The Ladyjacks went 1-2 last week and are still relying on third-string goalie Lotta Westerberg due to injuries to their top two netminders. Westerberg, a junior from Sweden who normally plays forward or midfield, made 15 saves on 41 shots faced. She was up against two of the top three scoring teams in the Southland in SWT and SLU. Anna Steed leads her team with three goals and seven points, adding a score against Nicholls.

Northwestern State won its first road game of the year when it shut out ULM, 3-0, in Monroe, La. Only four minutes into the game, the Demons struck with an unassisted goal from Nina Myullyluoma. Shannon Tenney and Kim Weber, who were teammates at Mesa (Ariz.) Junior College, added goals of their own to secure the victory. Demon goalie Tiffany Swingler notched her first shutout of the year, improving her school record to 11 career shutouts. She recorded eight saves against 16 shots. Then Sunday afternoon, the Demons gave up two goals in less than five minutes for the 10th time this season in the 3-2 loss at SLU. Northwestern State remains on the road this week, facing McNeese and Nicholls before returning home for an important rematch with SLU on Oct. 9.

Louisiana-Monroe suffered two Conference losses to even its record to 3-3 in fourth place. After being stifled by NWLa. and SWT, the Lady Indians will look to spark their offense against SFA tonight. ULM will travel to the Rocky Mountain State to meet Colorado College and Denver over the weekend.

McNeese State lost, 5-1, to league-leader Southwest Texas in its only match of the week. Tammy Copeland spoiled SWT's shutout when she scored unassisted from the right side of the box with less than 14 minutes left in the game. Copeland leads the Cowgirls in scoring with nine points from three goals and three assists. McNeese hosts Northwestern State tomorrow, then plays in Shreveport, La., against Centenary and Birmingham Southern this weekend.

In a non-conference matchup at Troy State, Nicholls State lost, 2-0. Lindsey Reecht made four saves on nine shots. The Lady Colonels face the No. 2 and 3 teams this week with SLU on the road and NWLa. at home.

SOUTHLAND LEADERS Shots - Allison Crain, SWT (46 shots, 3.83 spg) Points - Britiany Cargill, NWLA (26 pts.) Goals - Britiany Cargill, NWLA (12 g, 1.00 gpg) Assists - J. Armendariz, SWT (7) and Becca Weingartner, SLU (7) GWG - Allison Crain, SWT (4) Saves - Nicole Helmig, SLU (55) Saves Per Game - Lindsey Reecht, NICH (5.56) Shutouts - Nicole Helmig, SLU (5) Goals Against Average - Kristen Tutt, SWT (0.97)

Offensive Player of the Week Allison Crain * freshman * forward * Southwest Texas Alli Crain scored four goals and an assist for nine points to lead Southwest Texas to three victories last week. The Corpus Christi native now leads the league with four game-winning goals after adding two more. Doubling her season output in three games, Crain is now third in the Southland in goals (8) and goals per game (0.67).

Also nominated: Shannon Tenney, NWLa., Cory Cochrane, SLU, Anna Steed, SFA. Previous winners: Cory Cochrane, SLU, Britiany Cargill, NWLa., Maggie Brooks, SWT, Wanda Regan, SLU, Jessica Armendariz, SWT.

Defensive Player of the Week Kristen Tutt * sophomore * goalkeeper * Southwest Texas Kristen Tutt has been selected the league's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. The sophomore keeper, who hails from Garland, Texas, made 10 saves on 10 shots, went 2-0 and recorded her third shutout of the year before going down with a broken collarbone. Tutt played 162:00 without allowing a goal, sustaining the injury at the 72:00 mark at McNeese State. She finishes her season with a 0.97 goals against average.

Also nominated: Tiffany Swingler, NWLa., Lotta Westerberg, SFA. Previous winners: Nicole Helmig, SLU (two weeks), Kristen Tutt, SWT, Sara Hand, McN, Jennifer Doran, ULM. -SLC-


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