LAKE CHARLES—The McNeese soccer team begins its quest for a conference championship on Thursday against Southeastern Louisiana at Cowgirl Field on the campus of McNeese State at 7 p.m.
The Cowgirls (8-9-2) enter their 11th SLC Tournament as the sixth seed. The Lady Lions (11-6-1) earned the third seed in the tournament after finishing the regular season with a four-game winning streak. This will be the third time that the two teams have met in the conference tournament. Southeastern Louisiana defeated McNeese, 2-0 in 1997 while the Cowgirls picked up the 1-0 win in 2007.
“This is a big week for us and we are excited to host and to play in the conference tournament this year,” said McNeese head coach Scooter Savoie. “I think we have a really good matchup in terms of the draw of the bracket. We open up with the Lady Lions who I think we match up well with. Our conference match with them in the regular season was a really good match so if we come out and play good soccer then we have a chance to win.”
The two teams met earlier this season as the Lady Lions escaped Cowgirl Field with a 3-2 win.
Offensively, the Cowgirls are led by a trio who has accounted for 37 of the teams 60 points. Sophomore Sarah LaLanne, who was selected to the 2012 All-Southland Conference second team, leads the team with 14 points on the season. The Cypress, TX native has scored a team high five goals and four assists on the season and leads the team with three game-winning goals and 24 shots on goal.
Freshmen Brennan Moss has also been a catalyst for the team with five goals, two assists and also leads the team with 32 shots.
Sophomore Haley Lyons is also tied with LaLanne and Moss with five goals. Lyons picked up a hat trick against Prairie View A&M earlier in the season.
The defense has played a significant part this season posting five shutouts and limiting Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin to just one and two goals scored.
Senior keeper Katie Seeber has helped anchor the defense this season. Seeber has recorded 61 saves, which ranks sixth in the conference and has also posted three shutouts as well.
The winner of the McNeese/Southeastern La. match will advance to the semifinals and will face No. 2 Lamar in a 7 p.m. match on Friday.
Each tournament game will be available via live stream on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org and on the league’s iPhone and Android mobile and tablet apps.
The championship match will also be televised on the Southland Conference Television Network.
Single session tickets on Thursday and Friday are available for $10. Two-day, two-session tickets are $15. Tickets for Sunday’s championship are $8 for adults and $6 for youth. Children under the age of 5 and student at Southland Conference institutions are free with a valid ID.
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Soccer Begins SLC Tournament Play Against Southeastern La. on Thursday
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