BATON ROUGE, La. | Southern University Jaguars couldn't sustain an early 1-0 lead, falling to Howard University Lady Bison 2-1 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play, Sunday morning at Jaguar Park.
Southern falls to 2-5-2 in conference play, and 3-9-2 overall. Howard improves to 8-1-1 in conference play, and 10-6-1 overall.
Southern's Abby Farias recorded her third goal of the season, scoring the first goal of the game, getting the ball past the goalkeeper to take an early 1-0 lead on a penalty kick at the 35-minute mark.
Howard's Kendall Macauly answered 8-minutes later scoring from inside the box on the right side of the goal to tie the game 1-1, with 7-minutes left in the first period.
Howard's Aleeya Sawyer's game-winning header came off of Kendall Macauly cross from the right side of the field at the 60-minute mark to take the lead, 2-1.
Lauryn McKinney led the attack for the Jaguars taking two shots on goal, just missing the back of the net by mere inches.
Chioma Eriken continues her impressive freshman campaign, recording six saves to go along with her NCAA leading 139 saves. Erikin season total of 145 saves ranks second on Southern's individual season record, held by Divinty Bradly, who broke the all-time record in 2007 with 164 saves, Bradley allowed 52 goals that season. Eriken sits sixth in Southern's all time career saves list.
After, being tamed in the first half with five shots, Howard outshot Southern 10-4 in the second half, outshooting the Jaguars 15-7.
Howard recorded a 9-2 corner kick advantage.
Southern sits in eighth place and is holding on to the final spot in the 2018 SWAC Soccer tournament. Howard sits in first as they finished they conclude their regular season schedule. HU is awaiting the conclusion of Grambling State final contests as the Lady Bison's hold a one-point lead over the Lady Tigers for a stake at the regular season title and the first seed in the SWAC tournament.
Southern will return to action Friday, October 26. The Jaguars will face the Lady Tigers of Jackson State University. The first touch is scheduled for 7 p.m., Southern will be celebrating the careers of two seniors Ontario, Canada native, defender Desirae George-McCool and Houston, Texas native, midfielder Abby Farias.