Louisiana makes first trip to Thibodaux

THIBODAUX - Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns women's soccer team will conclude its season-opening, three-match road trip here Wednesday in a 4 p.m. match against Nicholls State at the NSU Soccer Field.

The Cajuns (1-1) split a pair of matches last weekend at the Tiger Classics in Baton Rouge posting a record-breaking 10-0 win over Jackson State in the opener before dropping a 1-0 decision to Coastal Carolina on Sunday.

Louisiana received a balanced-scoring attack in the JSU win as eight different players scored at least one goal. The Cajuns will look to get the offense back on track after letting Sunday's match with Coastal Carolina slip away.

Nicholls State (0-2) dropped a pair of matches last weekend at the Tulane Invitational in New Orleans and will be making its home debut.

The Colonels lost their season opener last Friday to Southern Mississippi 2-1 in overtime as the Golden Eagles scored with three minutes left in the 10-minute overtime period. Then on Sunday, NSU kept Tulane scoreless for 73-plus minutes of the match before the Green Wave erupted for three goals over the next nine minutes.

"We know that they are coming off of a weekend where they played well and just didn't have the bounces go their way," said Louisiana coach Dave Poggi. "They're a good team, much improved from last year when we played them and will provide a good challenge for us.

"I expect this to be a difficult match," Poggi added. "We've never played there so we are unfamiliar with the facility. The only real known is that it's going to be a tough match and we are looking forward to it."

Wednesday's match will be the second in as many years between the two in-state rivals. UL holds a 1-0 edge in the series.

Last year, the Cajuns posted a 4-0 win at Cajun Field in a rain-soaked contest on Sept. 24. Louisiana scored four first-half goals and was never tested by the Colonels outshooting them 35-3.

The Ragin' Cajuns will be shooting for the best three-match start in program history. Louisiana is 3-11-1 all-time versus other in-state schools.

On the injury front, sophomore midfielder Kristina Klausen, who missed both matches last weekend, is still doubtful for Wednesday's tilt. The Denmark native is suffering from a minor knee injury which occurred in the Cajuns exhibition against Mississippi Valley State Aug. 23.

Senior forward Ashley Delahoussaye is questionable as well after aggravating a past knee injury.

Following Wednesday's match, the Cajuns will be off for three days before making the 2003 regular season home debut on Sunday, Sept. 7 in a 1 p.m. match with Conference-USA member Southern Mississippi.

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