Scooter Savoie earns 100th win in McNeese Soccer 1-0 Victory - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Scooter Savoie earns 100th win in McNeese Soccer 1-0 Victory

By McNeese Assistant SID Hunter Bower


LAKE CHARLES - McNeese head soccer coach Scooter Savoie earned his 100th career win Sunday as the Cowgirls battled to a 1-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe at Cowgirl Field.


"This was a good win for our program today," said Savoie.  "We knew that Louisiana-Monroe was going to challenge us and test us all the way to the end.  We showed a lot of character by the way we fought today and how we stepped up to secure the victory in the end."


With the win, McNeese (3-1-0) picked up its third straight victory since dropping the season opener to Jacksonville State. The Warhawks drop to 1-3-0 on the season. This is the first time since Sept. 9, 2012 that the Cowgirls have had a three-game winning streak.


Sunday's win gives Savoie a 100-143-25 record in his 15 years at the helm of the Cowgirl program. He is the winningest coach in program's history and has also been head coach all but three years since starting the program in 1996.


"This win today means a lot not just for me but for our program," said Savoie.  "The players that started our program and built our program and the players I had the opportunity to coach when we came back in 2003 and build into a championship program mean so much.  This win means that I have been very lucky to work with some great talent in the sport of soccer."


The Cowgirls out strong in the first half, taking four of the first five shots of the match. Haley Lyons challenged Mallinson in the 23rd minute, but the Warhawks goalie denied the scoring chance.

Louisiana-Monroe had trouble finding their rhythm in the first half, but were able to pressure McNeese goalkeeper Maggie Marks several times in the first half. Kylie Kukowski and Jenna Floyd had two shots on goal in the first 15 minutes that were corralled by Marks.

In the 39th minute, the Cowgirls had one of their best chances in the half when freshman Kendall Vardell fired a shot that was saved while junior Jordan Beasley and senior Callie Allbright fired off shots that were high, leaving the match scoreless.

In the first half, McNeese out-shot Louisiana-Monroe 9-2, with the Warhawks leading in saves, 3-2.


The Cowgirls came out with more energy in the second half, starting quickly with shots by Vardell and Lyons. In the 59th minute, McNeese was able to find the back of the net for the match's only score when junior Tori Lasiter knocked in her third goal of the season off the pass from Vardell.  Lasiter went up the middle and shot past the Warhawks goalie to give the Cowgirls the 1-0 advantage.


"Coming out we knew that it was going to be a very tough game," said Lasiter.  "Coach (Savoie) told us that we would have to play the whole 90 minutes if we wanted to secure the victory.  We were a little shaky in the beginning but we came out in the second half ready to do work.  When Kendall gave me the ball, I knew I had a chance to get it in, so I took the shot and it went in.  It made me happy that we came together and got the win today."


Despite six second-half shots, the Cowgirls were not able to get another goal, holding on for the one-goal win.


McNeese faced some danger in the 77th minute when Louisiana-Monroe set up for a corner kick. The ensuing kick from close range by Warhawks midfielder Allie Dickinson was saved by Marks to secure the 1-0 lead.


"The defense settled down and worked together in the second half," said sophomore defender Sarah Bricker.  "We stuck our tackles and won the air-game.  We are looking better each and every game."

The Cowgirls ended the match out shooting the Louisiana-Monroe, 15-6. The Warhawks had five saves to three by McNeese.


McNeese will wrap up its six-game homestand next weekend when the Cowgirls welcome Texas State (Sept. 6) and Louisiana Tech (Sept. 8) before heading on the road to face North Texas and Baylor.


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