Non-conference ends with win

The Lady Lions roared on to victory against the Texas Southern University Lady Tigers with a score of 6-0 in their last non-conference game of the season.

The game between the Lady Lions and Texas Southern University Lady Tigers took place Sunday, September 13 at Strawberry Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

Sofia Olsson

Freshmen midfielder Sofia Olsson (11) has been a spark for the Lady Lions since joining the team. Olsson is currently tied for second on the team with four assists and also has two goals this season.
The Lion’s Roar /Toby Everett

The six goals scored during the match were by junior forward Marisa Rodrigues, senior midfielder Gisenia Utreras, freshman defender Christina Cutura, junior forward Bri Singh and two goals by sophomore midfielder Maggie Ramsey.

The first goal of the game by Ramsey boosted her confidence and kept the team pushing forward. The following two goals by Utreras and Ramsey continued the Lady Lions’ momentum into a 6-0 victory.

“Those two goals are more about the team and stats for our team, getting that goal differential and just making sure we keep pushing,” said Ramsey. “It is always good when you can see everyone getting excited over a goal, two or even six like today. It feels great. It is a little confidence booster that I am doing something right, but of course it comes back down to the team.”

Head Coach Blake Hornbuckle felt all his players performed great during the game.

“I think we had several players really perform well. Most of the players on the field were at their optimum level of performance,” said Hornbuckle. “A lot of times it is really difficult to get all eleven performing at their top speed. Today, I felt it was a really good performance for us.”

Even though the team was at their best, Hornbuckle did recognize key players on the field.

“Hope Sabadash was very good,” said Hornbuckle. “She did a good job collecting what service came her way. She was extremely strong with her distribution. Katie Noonan was fantastic on the backline and cutting out opportunities, connecting passes. Maddie Kresevic was really good at getting into the attack today too. I was really pleased with her effort. Gisenia Utreras in the midfield was especially strong with switching the field of play and creating attacking opportunities. Maggie Ramsey was great in front of the goal.”

With conference a few days away, Hornbuckle expects further improvement in the team dynamic. 

“Well it’s just continuing to get better everyday to work on the components of the game that are going to help us really get results,” said Hornbuckle. 

Visit lionsports.net for more information on Lady Lions soccer. The Lady Lions’ next game is Friday in Lake Charles against McNeese State University. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m.