Samantha Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico senior, kicks the ball at the LU Soccer Complex, Oct 1.

Samantha Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico senior, kicks the ball at the LU Soccer Complex, Oct 1.

The Lady Cardinals soccer team defeated Stephan F. Austin, 3-2, Sunday, at the LU Soccer Complex. The Lady Cards move to 9-3-1 (SLC 4-1-0).

SFA scored in the first two minutes of the first half, but the Lady Cards didn’t let that stop them. Marie Lund and M.J. Eckart scored, giving Lamar a 2-1 halftime lead. After the Lady Jacks equalized in the 63rd minute, Eckart scored from a free kick to seal the win.

“We knew it was going to be a battle — and it was,” Steve Holeman, LU head coach, said. “This is a big win for this team. This was the first time Lamar has beaten Stephan F. Austin.”

Eckart scored the winning goal, one of the two she contributed to the team’s win.

Samantha Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico senior, fights two SFA players in a soccer match at the LU Soccer Complex, Oct 1.

Samantha Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico senior, fights two SFA players in a soccer match at the LU Soccer Complex, Oct 1.

“Great composure by M.J. in the moment to step up,” Holeman said. “Her confidence definitely showed at the end.”

The Lady Cardinals had back-to-back home wins after a 3-1 victory against Sam Houston State, Friday.

“This team showed resilience on Friday and they turned around and did it again on Sunday,” Holeman said. “We changed our game plan a little bit, and we hoped it would work out and it did. It was tough. We knew (SFA) were dangerous on some pieces. It was a long game and when they scored early the girls kept their heads up and kept battling.

Holeman said he thought the first half was back and forth between the teams, but the lady cards took over.

“We got a hold of the ball a bit more than they did and possession was absolutely critical,” he said. “Possession was big for us and I think we held on to the ball well, and, at the end, it made a difference.”

Lady Cardinals will face Southeastern Louisiana in SLC action, Friday, in Hammond, La.

Story by Karisa Norfleet, UP contributor

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