Ragin’ Cajuns topple Lady Owls

The FAU women’s soccer team was held scoreless for the ninth time this year by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the FAU soccer field. The Owls played the Ragin’ Cajuns rather evenly for most of the match, but they could not muster enough for a result, giving up one goal late in each half.

The teams were neck-in-neck in the first half until ULL forward Cayla Chatman wove her way through the Owls defense and found the game’s first goal in the 39th minute.

The Owls would start the second half rejuvenated in what would be a very physical remainder of the game. Freshman midfielder Ingrid Berg managed to find a wide-open net on what would have been a game-tying score. However, the goal would be overturned by a controversial offside call, much to the dismay of Berg and Head Coach Brian Dooley.

“It was upsetting. We worked hard for that goal,” Berg said. “It’s also disappointing because I’m a freshman and that would have been my first goal.”

Dooley was puzzled by the call and expressed his discontent.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a referee’s call get overruled by a linesman,” Dooley added. “Maybe [the game] changes after that and things start rolling our way. It just didn’t work that way for us.”

Disappointment from the would-be score seemed to drain some of the life out of FAU. The Owls would give up a second-effort goal by Cajuns forward Maci Andrus in the 82nd minute, which sealed the game for the Cajuns.

FAU goalkeeper Ashley Lantes managed to keep the ball out of the net six times, and forward Meghan Brown was the Owls’ offensive catalyst, blazing off six shots.

Next up for the Owls, who fell to 3-10-2 on the season and 1-5 in conference play, is a trip to Alabama to take on the Lady Trojans of Troy.