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Soccer keeps wins coming against Cajuns

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WORK THOSE CLEATS: Taylor Altieri runs down the field in soccer’s game against ULL.

WORK THOSE CLEATS: Taylor Altieri runs down the field in soccer’s game against ULL.

WORK THOSE CLEATS: Taylor Altieri runs down the field in soccer’s game against ULL.

Alfonzo Galvan, [email protected]

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ULM’s soccer team continued its win streak against UL-Lafayette in an extraordinary showing Thursday afternoon.

The Warhawks (2-11-1) put two past the Ragin’ Cajuns to seal an impressive display in their first of three consecutive home games.

Junior goalkeeper Brooke-Lynn Scroggins managed six saves, including a spectacular diving save in the last minute.

The six-foot one keeper failed to maintain a clean sheet, but luckily for the Warhawks, the goals have finally returned.

“We’re playing our best soccer right now, but we still have to find a way to finish it,” head coach Wheelock said. She approved of her team’s performance early on but felt they must be especially clinical in the last minutes of play.

ULL got off to a good start.

They had the lion’s share of possession but struggled in the final third against the Warhawks’ sturdy defense.

Defenders like junior Alexandria Skidmore and freshman Maddie Guerra have established an effective partnership in the back and look to be the team’s foundation.

Their effort paid off after 15 minutes. Senior defender Danielle LaFrance continued her impressive performances from games prior, scoring an absolute beauty of a goal from right outside the box.

“It feels nice to finally be finding the back of the net. I’ve hit a couple posts,” LaFrance said. She now has two goals in two games.

Throughout the season, she’s hit the crossbar on multiple occasions and seems to have finally perfected her shot.

The second half of the game saw the Warhawks come out strong, missing several clear opportunities to widen their lead.

All would be forgotten thanks to the blistering pace of freshman forward Taylor Altieri. Around minute 72, Altieri got a good ball on a Warhawk counterattack and ran for goal after getting past the last defender.

She was left one-on-one with the keeper and put the ball inside the right post.

“We got to get another one! We’ve got to secure the game,” Altieri said. She has proven to be lethal in the final minutes of play. Giving ULM some breathing room is something she has in mind when called upon in the second half, and it appears the young forward is starting to find her place on the team.

ULL scored late, reminiscent of the football game between the two, but this time, overtime wasn’t necessary.

ULM once again toppled its down-south rivals. The Warhawks continue their homestead on Friday against Texas State with kickoff slated for 4 p.m.

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