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Sr. D Kaitlynn Oborny (#7) tallied the game winning goal against the Celts
Sr. D Kaitlynn Oborny (#7) tallied the game winning goal against the Celts
(RV)St. Thomas - Houston
LSU Alexandria
Women's Soccer - Thu, Sep. 28, 2017

Alexandria, La. – A rebound took a fortunate bounce and Kaitlynn Oborny found herself the lucky recipient of it, putting away the game-winning goal in the second half as the LSUA women's soccer team defeated the St. Thomas Celts 2-1 Thursday afternoon at Generals Field.

(2-3-1, 1-1 RRAC)St. Thomas (Texas)101
(6-2-1, 2-0 RRAC)LSU Alexandria (La.)112

The Celts tried to push the tempo early, forcing action by LSUA goalkeeper Cecilie Mortensen in just the fifth minute as Siobhan Higgins' shot was put on target but was kept out of the net.

LSUA was able to work a corner kick as the 16th minute was ending, and Jessica Sanchez stepped up to take her. Her low, line drive kick took a carom off of a Celt to the foot of Jourdan Correia. Correia found a passing lane in the box to Abby Angelle who popped it up onto the head of Brandi Ferguson and Ferguson redirected it into the net for the early 1-0 lead. That would be the Generals' lone shot in the first half.

Now trailing, St. Thomas continued their early offensive push, putting four more shots on target, which Mortensen continually pushed away from the net. However, as the half ticked down, the Celts finally found the equalizer. In the 44th minute, a foul gave the Celts a free kick close in on the Generals goal. Lauren Escobar took in the free kick and rolled a shot that popped off the right upright but right to the foot of Montserrat Espinosa, who took advantage of the wide open net, putting the ball in the goal to tie the match at 1-1 just moments before the halftime whistle.

A much more energized Generals side took the field in the second half, forcing the issue to start play in the period and earning a corner kick just minutes into the second half. That led to a couple chances at net, though neither could break the deadlock.

The breakthrough moment came in the 64th minute. UST's Siobhan Higgins was whistled for a foul in a dangerous area close to the Celt goal. Lilla Kisvari stepped up to take the free kick from about 25 yards out. Her attempt at net was right at Celt goalkeeper Emma Pinkerton. Pinkerton pushed the shot away, but right into the path of the oncoming Oborny, who powerfully put the ball into the open net for the 2-1 advantage.

St. Thomas would again go in search of an equalizing goal. A 72nd minute shot by Juliana Miguel was kept out the net by Mortensen, while an 84th minute attempt by Alexis Moreleon was also smothered by the Generals keeper. That would prove to be UST's last shot of the match as the final whistle would blow with LSUA on top 2-1.

"What can I say, this was a big win for our ladies today," said LSUA head coach Michael Poropat. "They've been working really hard during training to learn some new techniques, and I think they did a real good job putting them into the match today against a very good St. Thomas team that's getting some national respect in the coaches' poll. Our hard work and determination showed off today and I couldn't be prouder of these women."

Cecilie Mortensen (4-2-1) was credited with seven saves in the win, which moved her into a tie for the second most wins in a single season in LSUA history. The Celts (2-3-1, 1-1 RRAC), who received votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, took 13 shots in the match.

Brandi Ferguson and Kaitlynn Oborny scored their goals on their only shots of the match. LSUA was credited with six shots, four on target, during the match. Lilla Kisvari and Abby Angelle had the team's other two shots on goal. Angelle and Jourdan Correia were both credited with assists on Ferguson's goal.

The Generals (6-2-1, 2-0 RRAC) continue at home on Saturday to take on the University of Houston-Victoria. First touch against the Jaguars (1-3, 1-1 RRAC) is set for 1:00 P.M. at Generals Field.