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 Lamar University scored goals in the 20th and 83rd minute of the game, but only needed the first goal to defeat University of Houston, 2-0, on Aug. 19 at the LU Soccer Complex. The victory was Lamar’s second-straight shutout to start 2018, which is the second consecutive season they have began 2-0.

“This was a huge win for us,” said head coach Steve Holman. “Houston is a good team, and they’re really good in the second half. I thought our defense was solid tonight — we bent but didn’t break. It was great to get a shutout.”

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Lamar soccer player MJ Eckart

The defending Southland Conference champion Lamar women’s soccer team is offering a pair of one-week youth soccer camps this summer for boys and girls from ages 4 to 13. All camps will be at the LU Soccer Complex.

Camps are scheduled for June 11-15 and July 9-13. The camps for youngsters 4-6 years of age will run from 9-11:30 a.m. each day, while the camps for players 7-13 run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Lamar Universty golfer Sam Dumez lines up a shot.

Season tickets for the upcoming 2018 season are on sale through the LU Ticket Office. Renewals have been sent out, and previous year season-ticket holders have until Friday, May 4, to renew their seats.

Ticket prices are $45, $68, $90, $212, $335 and can be purchased online at lamarcardinals.com or by calling (409) 880-1715.

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Former Lamar basketball standout Mike James has been waived by the Phoenix Suns

Season tickets for the 2018 Lamar University softball season are now on sale. Reserved seats for all 15 home dates, including the annual Cardinal Classic, are $80. General-admission season tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for senior citizens (over 65) and youths (17 and younger).

The Cardinals, who enter their sixth season of competition since LU revived the softball program in 2013, open the season Feb. 9 when they face Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Lamar University basketball player shooting a basketball

The holiday road hasn’t been kind to the Lamar men’s basketball team. After opening the season 8-1, LU dropped the next four games and will head into the Southland Conference opener on Thursday, Dec. 28, with an 8-4 record as the Houston Baptist Huskies at the Montagne Center at 7 p.m.

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M.J. Eckart playing soccer

Lamar University senior M.J. Eckart was named the Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year, and the Cardinals placed four student-athletes on the conference’s all-academic team.

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Zjori Bosha

Both Lamar University basketball programs were picked to finish at the top of the Southland Conference standings. And if early progress is any indication, the Cardinals could be looking at two conference titles.

The men’s team is now 5-1 after a 66-52 win over UTEP in El Paso on Nov. 27. The Cards, who got double-doubles from senior Zjori Bosha and junior Josh Nzeakor, jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back. The victory equals the best start for the Cardinals since the 2008-09 season.

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Lamar Cardinal soccer champs

Playing in front of their biggest home crowd ever, the Lamar Cardinals came up with their biggest win ever, a 4-1 drubbing of archrival McNeese on Oct. 27, to claim the Southland Conference regular-season championship for the first time in the 11-year history of the LU women’s soccer program.

“What an amazing night,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We came out and played an amazing game. These girls worked hard all season, and it really paid off tonight.”

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The Lamar Cardinals football team started a tad slow against Division II UT-Permian Basin on Sept. 9 at Provost Umphrey Stadium but then built a 37-6 halftime lead before rolling up a 72-6 win, which was also a first for new head coach Mike Schultz.

It was the most points scored by LU since the Cardinals posted 73 points against Texas College in 2014.

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Three Lamar University student-athletes were members of another team at LU this past year as they helped design and build the university’s first underwater robot.

Koby Couron and Brannon Beaton of the LU football team, along with LU baseball player Brent Janak, were part of an eight-person unit that created the robot for their senior project in mechanical engineering. Other members of the team were Nicole Ray, Ryan Fregia, Christian Dao, Quade Robertson and Rashaan Webster.

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