Pilots drop season opener to Carey
August 23, 2011
SHREVEPORT, La. – The LSU Shreveport Pilots lost their season opener to the William Carey Crusaders by a final score of 3-1 at the Swamp on Tuesday afternoon. The game was called at the 80th minute due to lightning. This makes the second time that the Pilots have lost a home game due to the weather as Texas College picked up a 2-1 decision back in 2009 after the game was halted several times due to weather and eventually called due to darkness.
LSUS (0-1) found themselves in a hole at halftime down 2-0.
William Carey (1-0) got a pair of goals from Luis Trude in the first half to build the two-goal cushion at the break.
The Pilots bounced back in the second half and began to possess and move the ball around. Following a corner kick from Jesus Garcia, Juan Gutierrez scored off a header to bring the home team within reach with plenty of time left but rolls of thunder in the distance would eventually come into play sooner than the Pilots wanted.
WC scored their final goal at the 76th minute by Johannes Forstpointer to increase their lead back to two.
As the 80th minute the game was stopped as lightning strikes were too close for comfort and the teams were called off the field and the win awarded to the Crusaders as it was an official game.
“I thought we did some good things in the second half, had we played that way in the first half we could have given them a run. We came out sloppy in the first half and they made us pay as good teams will. We made some things happen and have a lot to build on. You hate to see a game called due to weather but safety comes first,” said LSUS head coach Mike Aguilar.
The next game for the Pilots will be on September 8th at 7 p.m. at UT-Tyler. Their next home game is September 22nd at 3 p.m. against RRAC conference foe, Huston-Tillotson.