Women’s soccer advances to RRAC semifinals after defeating Louisiana Christian

Fueled by two goals from Kaitlyn Olivas and an outstanding defensive performance, the women’s soccer team will advance to the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championships Semifinals match. The Saints outmatched the Wildcats of Louisiana Christian University (LCU) to win 2-0 in the quarterfinals this afternoon.

The Saints – the No. 4 seed – will now face the No. 1 seed Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Texarkana, Texas. The winner of the semifinals match will play winner of the other semifinals match between No. 2 University of Houston-Victoria or No. 3 LSU-Alexandria on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

The Saints are now 8-3-7, while LCU ends its season at 8-5-2.

The Saints had previously lost two matches to the Wildcats. Last season, they lost in the regular season 2-0 and in the postseason 2-0.

The Saints wasted little time getting on the board. After a corner kick from Ez Calles, Kaitlyn Olivas scored to put the team ahead 1-0 at the 10th minute.

The game stayed at 1-0 through the second half when Olivas found the net on an assist from Deanna Tarango at the 57th minute.

The rest of the match was a defensive battle that kept either team from scoring.

Inside the box score
Irania Acosta and Olivas led the Saints offense with two shots each, with Olivas adding two shots on goal. Riley Perez, Lyndee Rheinberger, Tarrango and Bethany Garr each had one shot.

Three Wildcats added one shot each, with Kaura Magleau recording on shot on goal.

Overall the Saints marked eight shots, five on goal, while LCU had three shots, one on goal.

OLLU had six corner kicks while the Wildcats had none.

Tess Pitcher had one save and earned the win for the Saints.