Friday, Sept. 8 • 6:30 PM • Huntsville, Texas • Pritchett Field
Louisiana (2-3-0) vs. Sam Houston State (2-3-0)
HUNTSVILLE – After spending four of its first five matches on the road, Sam Houston State soccer returns home for a stretch of four straight at Pritchett Field beginning Friday.
The Bearkats close out non-conference action, taking on Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. Sam Houston is looking to ends its brief two-match losing streak, falling last Thursday at No. 22 SMU and Saturday at Little Rock.
The match against the Ragin’ Cajuns marks the first of three-consecutive Friday night home matchups for Sam Houston. The Kats begin Southland Conference play against Central Arkansas on Sept. 15 and take on A&M-Corpus Christi on Sept. 22.
Despite producing just one goal in a pair of matches last weekend, Sam Houston heads into Friday ranked second in the Southland in goals per game (2.80), third in points per game (7.0) and third in corners per game (5.20).
Beryl Smith leads Sam Houston with four goals followed by Carlota Suarez-Crespo with three. Micaela Birt and Meredith Carlson each own two while Lexi Bullard boasts a team-best three assists followed by Courtney Pawlik’s two.
Friday marks the fourth all-time matchup between the Bearkats and Ragin’ Cajuns. Sam Houston defeated Louisiana, 1-0, on Aug. 21, 2015 in the last meeting between the programs. All three previous contests have been decided by one goal. The Kats are seeking their first home victory against the Ragin’ Cajuns after falling 3-2 in 2007 and 1-0 in 2014.
Head coach Tom Brown on the upcoming matchup…
“They have had some success against some other Southland Conference teams during the early season and I think it will be a good measuring stick for us going forward. They are a very hard working team and we expect to get their best on Friday night.”
Head coach Tom Brown on the week of practice and getting re-focused…
“I think our preparation has been good. I think the team and staff was embarrassed by our performance and we have all worked hard to improve this week. We have sat down and looked at the video and targeted certain areas that we think we can improve this weekend.”
Head coach Tom Brown on the final non-conference test…
“We would like to finish this part of our season with a win. I think that will help us feel better about this month of games. We know that Southland Conference play is always competitive and we want to improve on last year’s performance.”