Lucy Ashworth, LU sophmore, defending the ball against ACU player, Oct. 15.

Lucy Ashworth, LU sophmore, defending the ball against ACU player, Oct. 15.

Lund heads soccer to 6th-straight win, 12th overall

The Lady Cardinals soccer team beat Abilene Christian 3-2, Sunday, at the LU Soccer Complex, to run their Southland Conference win streak to seven games.

LU’s Marie Lund outjumped a Lady Wildcat to score a winning header from Lucy Ashworth’s corner kick assist in the 87th minute.

“It looked like Marie was on a trampoline,” head coach Steve Holeman said. “Give Lucy and Marie credit for the goal. It was a beautiful kick and beautiful finish.”

In the first half, Juli Rocha scored the first goal of the game with a header, less than a minute before half time, giving LU a 1-0 advantage at the break.

“Getting that goal just before half was huge,” Holeman said. “That gave us some confidence.”

Kelso Peskin doubled the lead in the 60th minute. Seven minutes later, Abilene Christian began the fight back, scoring two goals in less than 10 minutes to tie the game 2-2, before Lund’s late winner.

Holeman said ACU had a good portion of possession in the game and didn’t think the Lady Cards adjusted well to ACU’s game plan. However, the Lady Cards found a way. The win gave Lamar a school-high 12 wins for the season, topping the 2012 team’s 11-win season.

“Every game we play, there’s a little bit of motivation in front of them to do something special, and today it was,” Holeman said. “We talked about a chance to make history. 2012 is regarded as the top team to ever put on a Lamar soccer jersey.

“(The team) wanted to do something different and get to that 12th win. They fought for it and got it. This is a special group. I am so proud of them. What they have accomplished this season is tremendous.”

Lady Cards (12-3-1 overall, 7-1-0 SLC) remain tied for first place with McNeese State University in the Southland Conference. They host McNeese, Oct. 27, in the regular season finale.

LU will next play at Houston Baptist, Saturday.

Story by Karisa Norfleet, UP contributor 

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