TROY, Alabama – The Troy University soccer team knocked off UL Lafayette, 2-0, in front of a record crowd of 620 in the first-ever night game at the Troy Soccer Complex on Friday.
The Trojans (9-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) treated the record-setting crowd to the team’s ninth win in 10 games. Troy is also 6-0 at home this season.
“What an exciting atmosphere and to break the attendance record,” head coach Jason Hamilton said. “The girls worked hard to get out there and promote the game. We talked about controlling our emotions and getting off to a fast start. We were excited about the way the girls handled that.”
In the 21st minute, sophomore Abby Reynolds scored from just inside the 18-yard box after Alissa Jones won the ball from a Ragin’ Cajuns midfielder. It was her first goal of the season and fifth of her career. Jones ties Annabell Simpson for the team lead with five assists.
Just moments into the second half, Louise Cheng scored her first goal of the season and put the game away when she drove the ball into the bottom right corner of the net off a free kick from 25 yards out.
Freshman goalkeeper Mikki Lewis recorded three saves en route to her ninth win in the net for the Trojans, the most by any freshman keeper in Troy history.
Troy took 13 shots in the game to ULL’s 11. The Trojans pressured the Cajuns (5-6-1, 0-3) the entire second half, forcing seven corner kicks in the final 45 minutes of play.
Troy senior Georgia Wallis was excited to finally play under the lights in a Trojan uniform.
“It’s amazing, I’ve been waiting four years now and to have the lights and finally know what it feels like to play at night is amazing,” Wallis said. “ The fans are absolutely amazing. I think we’ve had the most we’ve ever had, people are getting behind us and it’s really nice.”
Troy will host ULM on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Troy Soccer Complex. Admission is FREE.
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