The Louisiana State University, Shreveport go into Saturdays final regular season game knowing a win secures them a spot in the Red River Athletic Conference tournament. Coming off the back of a big 4-0 road win at then #2 (RRAC) Houston-Tillotson University. The Pilot's currently lie in 5th place in the RRAC standings, tied on points with Wiley who lie in 6th after a head-to-head split. Should Shreveport taste defeat at the hands of Our Lady of the Lake University the now #2 (RRAC) then they would need help from other teams. There are many different scenarios in which the Pilots could qualify for post-season play, but theres only one way to ensure it, a win on Saturday. Sitting on an impressive 12-5 record this season, Shreveport head into the bout with a large and much needed confidence boost, thanks to dismantling HTU on the road on Thursday afternoon.
Coach Phillip Bohn will be keen to wrap up his Shreveport Pilots in cotton wool today to ensure they are at full strength come Saturday. A win would give Shreveport a chance at hosting in the RRAC tournament and would leave them on 18 points in their first season back in competitive action after a five year hiatus. An incredible achievement beckons in a game which promises to live up to the hype. The Pilots have travelled to Texas for the clash and will no doubt be well aware of the task at hand, as OLLU are currently 5-1-1 at home this season. Their sole home defeat coming over a month ago on Sept 17th, against Wayland Baptist (1-4).
The clear danger to the Shreveport backline will come in the form of Adrian Delgado, a 5' 10" forward from Brownsville, Texas who has contributed 14 goals and dished out 4 assists for a team high 32 points. Nullifying the threat of Delgado will be one thing, but then the Pilots will need to keep a close eye on #10, Brazilian Roger Rizzi who has scored 6 goals and created a team high 5 assists good for 17 points from 15 games. One thing the Pilots can feel positive about will be the defensive side to OLLU's game. Conceding 23 goals in just 15 games for a 1.4 goals against average, will leave LSUS confident of finding the net on more than one occasion, having scored an eye-watering 47 goals in just 17 games this season.
SSU's Zac Gunaratnam-Bailey comes into the contest full of optimism having had a season hampered by a knee problem, but he's looking at putting the setback behind him and is 'chomping at the bit' to help his LSUS teammates to bring home a W and keep their season alive. Their is undoubted talent in this LSUS squad, and after their most "complete performance" (Coach Bohn) of the season, there are plenty of reasons to be buoyant about their chances, not just on Saturday but also into post-