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Jr. MF Fallon Roussell shoots & scores vs. Houston-Victoria (photo credit: Joe Dupree/LSUA Media Club)
Jr. MF Fallon Roussell shoots & scores vs. Houston-Victoria (photo credit: Joe Dupree/LSUA Media Club)
University of Houston - Victoria
LSU Alexandria
Women's Soccer - Sat, Sep. 30, 2017

Alexandria, La. – The Generals women's soccer team found themselves down a goal just 12 minutes into the game, but LSUA was unfazed, putting in two goals by the end of the half and running away from the Houston-Victoria Jaguars 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Generals Field.

(1-4,1-2 RRAC)Houston-Victoria (Texas)101
(7-2-1, 3-0 RRAC)LSU Alexandria (La.)224

The Generals pushed the tempo early, getting off four shots within the first ten minutes of first touch, two of which forced action by Jaguar goalkeeper Bianca Galindo to keep the match scoreless.

But even with control of the action in LSUA's favor, it would be Houston-Victoria who scored first as the Jaguar defense was able to get control of the ball in the 12th minute and broke out on a quick counter attack. Jurnee Fernandez attacked down the right side and sent in a cross that Yahajaira Lara was able to get onto and beat Generals goalkeeper Cecilie Mortensen to put UHV up 1-0.

Undeterred, the Generals continued the offensive pressure and equalized just minutes later. Jessica Sanchez worked down the right side, crossed the ball into the box to Alexandra Van Amburgh who popped it up and it found the head Abby Angelle who redirected it home to level the score at 1-1 in the 19th minute.

The LSUA offensive onslaught continued to attack the UHV goal and soon the Generals would find themselves ahead in the match. As the Generals attacked, the ball would pop up and catch Jaguar defender Nisa Ollivierre in the hand for a foul and a LSUA free kick from about 25 yards out on the left side of the field. Jessica Sanchez stepped up, and calmly fired the shot over the UHV defense and into the top right corner for the 2-1 Generals lead. LSUA would take that lead into the break.

Both teams had chances at goal within the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half, but it was the Generals who all but put the game out of reach midway through the final 45 minutes. Abby Angelle worked the left side of the field, crossing it to the middle to Jaslyn Gregory who found Fallon Roussell on the right side moving in on goal. Roussell beat Galindo to put the Generals up 3-1 in the 71st minute.

Just four minutes later, Kayleigh Lambrechts found herself on the ball. She slipped it to Jessica Sanchez who gave it right back to Lambrechts, who had beaten her defender and was one-on-one with the keeper Galindo. Lambrechts chipped it over Galindo and into the net to make it 4-1 in the 75th minute for the match's final goal.

"The ladies were buzzing with lots of energy today," said LSUA head coach Michael Poropat. "Unfortunately, we conceded a goal early, but I like how our players responded. They got on with the task at hand and did not stop working for all 90 minutes. It was a real team effort and I'm so proud of the players."

Cecilie Mortensen (5-2-1) picked up a save as she collected the win in net to move into second place all by herself for most victories by a goalkeeper in a single season in LSUA history. She now puts her eyes on the all-time record of nine, set by Emily Glenz in LSUA's inaugural season of 2014.

Jessica Sanchez scored her third goal, second that was a game winner, on two shots and picked up both her fourth and fifth assists of the season in the win. Abby Angelle collected her fourth goal on her lone shot of the match and second assist of the season, picking up an assist in each of the last two matches. Kayleigh Lambrechts scored her second goal of the season on her lone shot of the match. Fallon Roussell took two shots to score her second goal of the season. LSUA outshot UHV (1-4, 1-2 RRAC) 16-2 in the match, including 8-2 in shots on goal.

LSUA (7-2-1, 3-0 RRAC) start the final home matches of the season on Thursday as Jarvis Christian comes to Alexandria. First touch against the Bulldogs is set for 1:00 P.M. at Generals Field.