LAKE CHARLES – Sam Houston State turned away chance after chance by McNeese. With less than two minutes remaining, the Cowgirls finally broke through.
The Bearkats dropped a heartbreaker, 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at McNeese as Savannah LaRicci connected in the 88th minute with her sixth goal of the season for the match match winner.
Sam Houston (4-7-0, 1-4-0 Southland) kept it scoreless throughout, despite registering only three shots in the second half. McNeese (8-3-1, 4-1) tallied three corners and 10 shots in the second half with the biggest coming from LaRicci who netted her sixth goal of the season.
Making her first start in three matches, Christina Hendershot drew the hard-fought loss. The goalkeeper recorded seven saves – one off her season high – while permitting her fewest goals since earning the clean sheet in an 8-0 win against Jackson State on August 24.
Taylor Pritchard registered a team-high four shots for the Bearkats including two on goal while Katy Johnson added a pair of shots. LaRicci paced the way for McNeese, tallying five shots while Morgan Middleton added the assist on the winner.
Sam Houston closes its three-match road trip on Friday when it visits Northwestern State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. The squad is searching for its first road win after dropping the first five. The Kats return home one week from Friday to face Nicholls.
Head coach Tom Brown on the loss… “I though overall it was a fairly even match. We created a couple good opportunities here and there but just not as many. Unfortunately, we lost it at the end.”
Head coach Tom Brown on the match-winning goal…
“We just got outmuscled for the ball. The kid was obviously in close and it didn’t give Christina much of a chance. She tried to make herself big. Savannah is a really good player and she capitalized.”
Head coach Tom Brown on the second half…
“In the second half, we were trying to get passes connected was difficult. When that happens you spend so much time defending and working. It’s hard to have the energy on the front end.”