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Warhawks Set to Battle South Alabama, Troy in Soccer

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MONROE, La. – Non-conference play has come to a close and the ULM Warhawks continue Sun Belt Conference play against South Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday in Mobile, Alabama, before facing Troy at 1 p.m. Sunday in Troy, Alabama.

“I keep going back to the Arkansas State game,” said head coach Keyton Wheelock. “It wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but that was one of the best performances we’ve had this season. If we play like that against all of our conference opponents, we’re going to surprise some people and really have a shot at competing in this conference.”

ULM (3-4-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) is ready to take its productive offense to Mobile. Taylor Altieri and Melissa Taft lead the Warhawks with three goals apiece. Camryn Ciaramella leads ULM with nine shots on goal with two of those shots finding the back of the net.

The Warhawks have taken 79 shots this season with 38 of them on goal for a percentage of .481. Goalie Rian Kasner has also made 27 saves on the season.

“We need to be prepared and come out with no excuses and get the job done,” Wheelock said.

South Alabama (6-2-2, 1-0-1 Sun Belt) is first on the docket for ULM this weekend. The Jaguars are coming off of a scoreless draw against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

South Alabama has outscored teams 25-7 this season and jumped out to a quick start in all of its games with 14 of its goals coming in the first half.

“South is a team I know very well,” Wheelock said. “They’re athletic and hard-working. We have to defend them well.”

The Jaguars are led by Briana Morris, who has eight goals this season, and Justice Stanford, who has completed three shutouts.

After the Warhawks take on South Alabama, ULM will travel right down the road to take on Troy. The Trojans (5-2-3, 0-1-1 Sun Belt) are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Coastal Carolina.

“Troy is always competitive and physical and their field is tough to play on,” Wheelock said. “They typically have a big crowd and it’s loud.”

Troy has a .505 shot on goal percentage and like to pass the ball around. Three different players have three goals apiece. The Trojans are also particularly dangerous in the second half of games, with 11 of their 19 goals coming in the second half.

“We have to make sure when we get our chances, we put them away,” Wheelock said.

Links to live coverage, including live video and stats, can be found on the soccer schedule page at ULMWarhawks.com. Follow along with all things Warhawk Soccer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @ULM_Soccer.

Article sourced from provided press release.

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