Lady Techster Soccer Complex
The Lady Techster Soccer Complex begins its eighth season of existence as the home field for the Louisiana Tech Soccer program.
The new home was created for the program in the summer of 2009 with Tech grounds personnel manicuring the area next to the Lady Techster Softball Complex along Alabama Ave. to create a soccer playing surface. Since then, the Lady Techster Soccer Complex has added a press box, permanent bleachers, sound system and a scoreboard. In 2013, mounted stadium lights were installed to allow the team to have night practices and games.
Most recently, the field itself received an upgrade with a new drainage system and constructed façade retaining wall as well as a new sprinkler system.
The Lady Techsters have posted a winning season all seven years at their friendly confines, compiling a tremendous 47-15-3 record. The team has been dominant at home against non-conference opponents, registering a 31-3-1 mark with the last loss coming in 2013. They have also been nearly unbeatable over the past two seasons, registering a combined mark of 16-2 including an 8-2 record against Conference USA opponents.
Several of the home victories have been historic for LA Tech Soccer, starting with the 2009 home opener as LA Tech defeated Lamar 3-2 in double overtime for its first win at the complex. On Oct. 23, 2009, Kiva Gresham’s extra-frame gave LA Tech a 2-1 win over New Mexico State for their first-ever conference win. On Oct. 15, 2010 against 2009 WAC champion San Jose State, Lady Techsters came back from a two-goal halftime deficit to win 5-4 in overtime.
The fourth notable match came on Oct. 5, 2012 when LA Tech stunned nationally-ranked Denver in a 1-1 tie. The fifth moment came this past season in the regular season finale when the Techsters upset conference regular season champion North Texas, 1-0, to qualify for the C-USA Tournament for the second straight year.
The complex also played host to the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Lady Techsters’ previous home was Joe Aillet Stadium, home to the Bulldog football team, where they posted an 11-12-4 record over the program’s previous four years (2005-08). The facility will forever be remembered as the place where the soccer program earned its inaugural victory, a 2-0 shutout of Mississippi Valley State on Aug. 28, 2005. LA Tech’s Katy Garrison scored the first goal in the stadium on an assist by Sarah Chovanec.
During the program’s inaugural season in 2004, the team played all of their home games on the intramural soccer field across from the Lambright Intramural Center.