Lady Pilots fall 9-1 versus NSU
August 28, 2005NATCHITOCHES– Northwestern State University was ranked as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference in the 2005 season and showed why Sunday afternoon as they improved to 2-0 with a 9-1 win over the now 0-2 LSUS Lady Pilots on the campus of NSU.
The 2-0 start is the best ever for a Demon team as they are celebrating their 10th season of competition since their inception in 1996 while the nine goals is the most in head coach Jimmy Mitchell’s career at NSU.
“It’s good to get these two under our belts,” said Mitchell about this weekend’s games against LSUS and Louisiana Tech. “We got to play a lot of players today and did a good job of moving the ball around.”
Junior midfielder Julie Zavala and freshman forward Lauren Miller each had two goals for the Demons who held a 4-1 halftime lead.
“We played much better in the second half,” said Mitchell. “It was good to be able to get our younger players out there and get some experience against some different competition.”
The Demons jumped on top 1-0 on a goal by Hannah Casey off a pass from Erin Hebert in the 10th minute of play but LSUS fought back to tie the game when Calandre Singh intercepted an errant pass from Demon goal keeper Krystle Donaldson and raced in alone and found the back of the net for her first goal of the season in the game’s 21st minute.
From that point, NSU scored three goals in a matter of seven minutes – a goal by Hebert in the 25th minute followed by a header from Miller in the 26th minute. Miller made it 4-1 with her second goal of the game in the 32nd minute.
Zavala scored the first of her two goals in the 48th minute then followed with her fourth goal of the season three minutes later.
Natalie Waguespack made it 7-1 in favor of the Demons on a penalty kick goal in the 52nd minute as Carrie Crowell and Mya Walsh scored unassisted goals to complete the scoring.
“Northwestern is an established team that is very well coached with a deep roster who prepared very well for today’s game,” commented Lady Pilots head coach Jed Jones. “We are going to suffer some growing pains. We knew that coming into this season. We will use this game as a growing experience and motivation to keep working hard and keep getting better,” concluded Jones.
The Lady Pilots will have a chance to earn their first victory next Friday at The Swamp when they will square off against the Louisiana College Wildcats. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00pm.
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