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Cowgirl Soccer defeats Abilene Christian

by Hunter Bower


LAKE CHARLES – Tori Lasiter was the difference maker in Sunday's match as the junior forward's golden goal gave the McNeese State soccer team its first Southland Conference victory of the season over Abilene Christian in a 1-0 overtime victory.


Lasiter's goal was her team-leading fifth of the season and was also her fourth game-winner on the year.


"I'm speechless, this win feels amazing for me and my teammates," said Lasiter. "We worked so hard the entire game and outworked them (Abilene Christian) to capitalize and get that goal in overtime."


The win improved the Cowgirls to 6-10-2 overall and 1-8-1 on the season while the loss dropped the Wildcats to 13-5-1 and 7-5-0 in league play.


"We have felt all along that we were a good team, " said head coach Scooter Savoie. " We have just struggled getting the results we wanted but we never doubted our team. That is actually the strength among these ladies is that they have never once doubted themselves and they kept believing that they would win and finally it paid out for them."


Both teams kept each other in check throughout the first half limiting each other to eight shots total while both made one save each.


The Cowgirls offense became more aggressive throughout the second half as McNeese was able to get off nine shots. Sophomore goalie Maggie Marks came up with big back-to-back plays in the 65th minutes. Marks saved shots from ACU's Alyssa Gerner and team leader Andrea Carpenter whose point blank goal was scooped up by the Germantown, WI native.


"We have been working so hard and when we got in the huddle before the overtime period we decided we weren't going to lose," said Marks. "We all did our jobs today and we worked really hard so the outcome is awesome."


Marks' six saves helped her pick up her fourth win on the season while ACU's Kelsey Dombrowski fell to 8-4 on the season.


"Maggie stepped up with some big plays today," said Savoie. "She had some great plays Friday night so having her in the lineup has been beneficial to us."


For a school record seventh time this season, the Cowgirls entered overtime play where the past results were not what they had hoped. Sunday's match had a different outcome as junior Krista Steinbeiser's cross play found Lasiter 10 yards out who headed the ball in for the winning goal.


"Krista had a great opportunity with her cross and it just felt like it was slow motion as it came towards me," said Lasiter. "I headed the ball in and after it hit the net our whole team felt relieved. I dedicated that goal to our seniors who have done an outstanding job leading our team.


The goal was just the Cowgirl's second since beginning conference play.


"We went with that set play earlier and it was showing some momentum and had great results so we just talked about staying in that set and seeing what happened," said Savoie. "With our offense running that triangle there, it really gave us a chance to push forward in the box and our players did a good job creating that."


Steinbeiser led the charge for the McNeese offense recording five shots while Lasiter came in right behind her with four shots, three of which were on goal.


The Cowgirls led in overall shots, 14-12 and in corner kicks, 6-3.


McNeese will wrap up its 2013 season on the road next weekend when the Cowgirls travel to take on Oral Roberts on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Central Arkansas on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

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