Lady Pilots return to "The Swamp" Friday at 4:00pm to take on Southern
September 21, 2006
Shreveport, LA---The 2006 version of the LSUS Lady Pilots Women’s Soccer team along with Head Coach Jed Jones have been anxiously awaiting their return to the campus of LSUS. The Lady Pilots will look to repeat a season opening 6-0 win over the Southern University Jaguars Friday as they will play host to the Jaguars Friday at 4:00pm at LSUS.
Through six games this season, the Lady Pilots have posted a 5-1 overall record and have outscored their opponents 28-3. LSUS has not only dominated their opponents thus far, they have done it against a very tough road schedule. The Lady Pilots are 3-1 against NCAA Division I opponents, which includes wins over Nicholls State, Prairie View A&M, and the Jaguars. The Lady Pilots only loss came at the hands of the Northwestern State University Lady Demons by a final score of 1-0.
“Last year we created a solid foundation and this year we worked hard on filling in the missing pieces of the puzzle that we feel will help us get to the next level. The girls are starting to really get to know one another after a full year together and good things are happening on and off the field with the program,” commented Coach Jones who graduated just one senior from the 2005 team.
Last years scoring trio of forwards Katrina Blackwell and Calandre Singh, along with center midfielder Michelle Williamson have continued to tear opposing defenses apart and have combined for 13 goals and three assists.
Also returning after sitting out most of the 2005 season due to injury is midfielder Julia Vaughan. Vaughan currently leads the team in scoring with 15 points which includes five goals and five assists. Vaughan’s five goals ties her for the team lead in the goal department with freshman striker Alicia Marshall from Texarkana, TX.
“We have a solid mix of upper and lower classman this season. The experience we have gained along with a very talented and very deep roster has us very excited for the upcoming conference season,” said Jones.
“Last year we were very talented up front, and now we are solid on all parts of the field. The addition of Marshall and Rachel Alexander along with the emergence of Vaughan has added a very strong offensive presence. Defensively, we return the 2005 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in Shaderia Evans. Our defense has been excellent all year and when we have needed a big save, our keeper has been there for us,” concluded Jones.
Kelsi McNew has been the Lady Pilot between the pipes for every minute this season and has been a big part of the LSUS 5-1 start. McNew has stopped 27-of-30 (.900) shots on goal and has a minuscule 0.500 goals against.
The LSUS defense along with McNew have already posted four shutouts this season, and will be looking for number five Friday afternoon at 4:00pm when they play host to the Jaguars at The Swamp.