Warhawks shut out Sugar Bears at home

The Warhawks continued their early success last Friday with a win over the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears. This puts the Warhawks at 2-0 to start the season. 

Early in the second half, while still scoreless, sophomore Janet Stopka scored a goal on the Bears in the 51st minute to put the Warhawks up 1-0. After a great ball in from Freshman Lena Göppel, Stopka put the ball in the net, making this the 11th goal of her career.

ULM put a dominant showing on the Bears the entire game. The Warhawks controlled the ball very well, allowing them to put heavy pressure on Central Arkansas’s defense.

In the first half ULM could not get the upper hand on the Bears. While some players were able to get some solid shots on goal, nothing could mount on the offensive side for either team. ULM players gave up too many balls and could not get a solid touch.

ULM was in position to score even earlier, but their potential goal was waived off due to an offsides call.

After meeting with head coach Sean Fraser at halftime, the Warhawks were able to step into a solid stride in the second half. 

“I thought the application by our players was top quality tonight,” Fraiser said. “We created a number of good chances and scored an excellently worked goal.” 

ULM put themselves in a great position in the second half, creating many chances that led to the goal by Stopka. 

With this win over Central Arkansas, the Warhawks have put themselves in a great spot to start the season. Having won their first two games, the team is having its best opener since 2014. 

“I thought the atmosphere at the game was excellent,” Fraser said. “I thought we had fun tonight. We’re hoping for more of that moving forward.”

ULM will be back in action this Thursday when they take on Nicholls State.

If history is any indicator, the Warhawks have the advantage. ULM is currently undefeated against the Colonels.