ALEXANDRIA, LA. (Sept. 30, 2021) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's soccer team tied with LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) 0-0 after two overtime periods. The Saints move to 3-3-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Generals are now 2-4-2 overall and 0-1-2 in conference.
Head Coach Arthur Salazar said, "It's always a hard-fought game against LSUA and today's result was not what we had hoped for, but hopefully it was a learning experience. I thought we had our moments to take hold of the game with a couple of good looks at goal, but unfortunately our emotions got the best of us as the game went on and we had to battle for the draw. We still have growing up to do as a team, but the potential is there. We just need to regroup and continue to move forward."
The Saints are 2-5-3 in the all-time series against the Generals.
The Saints recorded the first tie of the season on Thursday. OLLU tallied three corner kicks in the first half and only one shot on goal. The Generals tallied two shots on goal and two corner kicks, making the first half evenly played. Norberto Lira (SR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) was shown a yellow card in the 27th minute. The Saints gained momentum a few minutes before halftime with two corner kicks and a shot by Pedro Tavarez (SR/Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) that went wide right.
Three yellow cards were shown in the second half, with the Saints accounting for two. Both teams recorded similar amount of shots, but the Saints gained momentum toward the end of the second half like the first frame. Lira took a corner kick with under a minute remaining but didn't result in a goal.
The first overtime period featured two shots by the Generals and none for the Saints. The Generals limited the Saints to no shots in the second overtime as well and took four. Saints goalkeeper Keelin Garrity (SR/West Hartford, Conn.) made six saves throughout the match and the Saints totaled nine shots.
Inside the box score
Three different Saints players took a shot on goal. Daniel Torrenegra led the Generals with two shots on goal. The Saints totaled nine shots and LSUA took 18. OLLU had seven corner kicks and limited the Generals to two.
The Saints stay on the road to face Louisiana College tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.