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Nicole Panis spent her college career as the last line of defense for Lamar’s women’s soccer team.

More often than not, the older person stops at the most important moment.

Panis’ consistent presence as the Cardinals’ goaltender resulted in a new record for the program.

A 2-1 win for Lamar last week over Texas A&M-Commerce made Panis the all-time winning leader in Lamar football history.

While Lamar currently holds the top seed in the Southland Conference, Cardinals coach Nathan Kogut praised Panis for leading the team’s miserly backline.

“She’s one of the best keepers in the country and we’re thrilled to have her with us, but she’d also be the first to tell you she couldn’t do it alone,” Kogut said.

Hailing from Opmeer, Netherlands, Panis came to Lamar as a sophomore in 2020 after transferring from Cumberlands University. She’s been the Cardinals’ starter since, winning 27 career games to break the previous record held by Port Neches-Groves graduate Lauren Lovejoy.

Lovejoy was the leader of Lamar’s 2017 team that won the program’s first Southland tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

This season, Panis hopes to do something similar with Lamar. She has started all 13 games this season, recording seven shutouts while allowing just seven goals overall.

Panis will look to add to his record on Friday, when Lamar travels to Houston Christian University for a conference game. The Cardinals will then close out the regular season with games against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi and Nicholls.

At 7-1-1 in the league, Lamar leads Southland’s standings by multiple games against Northwestern State. The Demons will host the conference tournament Nov. 2-6 in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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