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  1. UL Soccer Lady Cajuns Soccer Slate Set For 2003

    Louisiana to play host to 10 matches at Cajun Field in fourth season of competition

    LOUISIANA La. - A school-record 10 home matches highlights the 2003 schedule for Louisiana's Lady Cajuns soccer program, released Wednesday by fourth-year head coach Dave Poggi.

    The Cajuns, who will be playing their fourth season in program history, will be entering their second season at Louisiana's Cajun Field.

    The slate features 10 regular season home matches along with an exhibition match scheduled for August 23 against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.

    "It's taken us now four seasons to get a quality home schedule," said head coach Dave Poggi. "Now that we are on campus and have a stable home facility we are able to schedule more home matches. For some of our older players, they will probably play more home matches this season than they did in their first three seasons."

    Louisiana will play eight Sun Belt Conference matches in the quest for its first SBC championship.

    Louisiana will play five of its eight SBC matches within the friendly confines of Cajun Field.

    The Cajuns have non-conference games against teams from the SEC and Conference USA along with its natural in-state rivals.

    "We have a good balance of regional conference schools," Poggi said. "Obviously our conference schedule is going to be first priority, but playing teams such as LSU, Alabama and Southern Miss will help accustom us to the fierce battles we can expect once the Sun Belt schedule comes around."

    A home match with Louisiana State on Sept. 19 and a road match at Alabama on Sept. 26 are a few of the non-conference highlights.

    The Lady Cajuns fourth season in program history will begin in earnest on Friday, Aug. 29 at the LSU Tournament in Baton Rouge. Louisiana will face Jackson State in the opener and then close out the tournament against Coastal Carolina on Sunday, Aug. 31.

    After a mid-week road match at Nicholls State on Wednesday, Sept. 3 the Cajuns will open their second season at Cajun Field on Sunday, Sept. 7 against Conference USA-member Southern Mississippi at 1 p.m.

    The following week, on Sunday, Sept. 14, the Cajuns begin a stretch of three straight home matches against in-state foes. Louisiana will face off with UL Monroe (Sept. 14, 1 p.m.), LSU (Sept. 19, 7 p.m.) and McNeese State (Sept. 21, 1 p.m.).

    After that homestand, the Cajuns will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a match with SEC-member Alabama on Friday, Sept. 26.

    The Cajuns will kick off Sun Belt play the following Friday when South Alabama travels to Lafayette for a rematch of last season's 0-0 tie in Mobile.

    The USA match will be followed by a Sunday afternoon matinee with Tulane at 1 p.m. It will mark the Green Wave's first-ever visit to Lafayette.

    Other home SBC matches include a weekend against the Arkansas schools Oct. 17-19. Arkansas State provides the competition on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. while Arkansas-Little Rock meets the Cajuns on Sunday, Oct. 19.

    Louisiana has never lost to the Arkansas teams in Lafayette and this will be the first meeting with each one at Cajun Field.

    The Cajuns final two home matches will also be the final two matches of the season. Louisiana hosts Western Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 31 and closes out the season on Sunday, Nov. 2 with Middle Tennessee.

    Road conference matches include Sunday, Oct. 12 at FIU and Friday, Oct. 24 at North Texas along with a Sunday, Oct. 26 match at defending conference champion Denver.

    Of the 19 scheduled regular season matches, 10 will be contested at Cajun Field including four of the last six before the conference tournament.

    The 2003 Sun Belt Conference women's soccer tournament will be held Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 5-8 at the WKU Soccer Field on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

    Last season, the Cajuns finished fourth in the conference - its highest mark since joining the league and beginning the program in 2000.

    "Last year's finish in the Sun Belt has raised the bar for us," Poggi said. "We will need to use our non-conference schedule to prepare us for a run at our first league title."

    Louisiana returns eight starters and a total of 13 letterwinnners from last season's 6-9-3 squad.

    "We've made strides each year since starting the program in 2000," Poggi added. "With the additions we've made to compliment a core group of solid returning performers, 2003 could be a special year for the Lady Cajuns."

    For the first time in program history the Cajuns will have a returning goalkeeper in Bradenton, Fla., native Liza Preseault. Last year Preseault notched a school record six wins and tallied three shutouts.

    Senior Ashley Delahoussaye and junior Jenny Brown will be relied upon to help fill the void left by the departure of last season's top goal scorer Stacy Smith and last season's assists leader Sara Vienberg.

    The Lady Cajuns will report for fall drills on Friday, Aug. 8 and will begin competition with an exhibition match against Mississippi Valley State Saturday, Aug. 23.


    To view the 2003 Ragin' Cajuns women's soccer schedule please visit
    http://www.ragincajuns.com/soccer/schedule.html

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    2003 LOUISIANA LADY CAJUNS SOCCER SCHEDULE
    All Times are subject to change

    AUGUST:
    23 - !MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE, 7 p.m.;
    29 - #vs. Jackson State, TBA;
    31 - #vs. Coastal Carolina, TBA

    SEPTEMBER:
    3 - at Nicholls State, 4 p.m.;
    7 - SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, 1 p.m.;
    12 - at Northwestern State, 7 p.m.;
    14 - ULM, 1 p.m.;
    19 - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, 7 p.m.;
    21 - MCNEESE STATE, 1 p.m.;
    26 - at Alabama, 7 p.m.

    OCTOBER:
    3 - *SOUTH ALABAMA, 7 p.m.;
    5 - TULANE, 1 p.m.;
    9 - at Centenary, 7 p.m.;
    12 - *at Florida International, Noon;
    17 - *ARKANSAS STATE, 7 p.m.;
    19 - ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK, 1 p.m.;
    24 - *at North Texas, 7 p.m.;
    26 - *at Denver, Noon;
    31 - *WESTERN KENTUCKY, 7 p.m.

    NOVEMBER:
    2 - *MIDDLE TENNESSEE, 1 p.m.;
    5-8 - at Sun Belt Conference
    Tournament (Bowling Green, Ky.)

    ! Denotes exhibition contest
    # Denotes match played at LSU Tournament (Baton Rouge, La.)
    * Denotes Sun Belt Conference match

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    How did Coach Poggi get the almighty flagship to come to Cajun Field? Congrats to him on getting them on the schedule and I wish the Ladies the best in that game.


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