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SOCCER: Cardinals tie again, this time to Lions

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BEAUMONT – After 110 minutes of action, Friday night’s game between Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana ended the way it began in a scoreless tie.

For the Cardinals (7-3-2/3-0-2 Southland), it was the second tie in the past three games and the fourth overtime game in the last six.

“I thought it was a tremendous effort from our ladies,” said LU head coach Steve Holeman. “We’ve had to call upon a lot players who had not been receiving a lot of playing time because we’re pretty thin right now. I think there are a lot of positives we can take from this game. We had several players forced to play out of position tonight but they really stepped up. I think our ability to come away with a shutout tonight is a positive.

“Where we can become better is the fact that we had a lot of missed opportunities. We hit a lot of balls to their keeper so we have to be better in the final third,” added Holeman.

The stats were just as evened up as the final score. The Lions (5-4-2/2-2-2 SLC) outshot LU by only one, 23-22, but the Cardinals recorded one more save than their guests, 8-7. Fouls were also fairly even as the Red and White were called for nine and Southeastern 7.

The defenses stole the show Friday as neither team was willing to allow the other an easy look at the net. On the rare occasion that either team got a shot on goal the keepers were up to the challenge.

The Lions’ Nadine Maher played all 110 minutes recording seven saves, while freshman Sandra Nygard also went the distance recording eight saves. For Nygard, the tie is the first blemish on an otherwise stellar season (4-0-1).

The Cardinals return to action Sunday when they travel to Thibodaux, Louisiana, to take on Nicholls State. The game against the Colonels was originally scheduled to be played earlier in the season but was rescheduled due to rain. The game will begin at 1 p.m.