Aug. 21, 2012
RUSTON - Mother Nature played nice in today's season opener redo and so did the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters as they used scoring from five different players to take the 5-0 win over LSU-Shreveport this Tuesday afternoon at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The starting lineup was a healthy mix of anxious freshmen and seasoned upperclassmen as the victory gave the Lady Techsters a 1-0 record while LSU-Shreveport dropped to 0-1.
"The first game of the season it was not as smooth as we wanted but we expected that," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "They got better as it went on and the passing was there so that was good."
It did not take long for Tech's offense to get going as junior forward Emily Brennan (Plano, Texas) was able to dribble past the oncoming goalkeeper and direct it into the net in the sixth minute of action.
The four starting freshmen took a little bit longer to get into game speed.
"You could tell the returners they're conditioning was good from the very start, whereas the freshmen after 10 minutes they had to get their second breath because they were not use to that intensity," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "We kept the freshmen on the field so they could push through it and get stronger."
Once the whole team settled in, freshman forward Laura LeFevour (Woodstock, Ill.) drove a cross from the left corner into the box that deflected off a defender right to another freshman Nicole Jaquemet (Diesdorf, Switzerland) who knocked it in at the 19th minute mark to put the Lady Techsters up 2-0.
"There were definitely nerves at first, but once you get into the game you forget about all that and you just play your game," said LeFevour. "I think for the first game we played very well together and just moved the ball which coach has been teaching us and came out with the win which is great."
The Lady Techsters patiently controlled the ball the rest of the first half and it eventually paid off as they struck for two goals right before the end of the period.
In the 41st minute freshman midfielder Brittany Beddow (Keller, Texas) received a nice touch shot from Jaquemet as she was falling down and snuck it past for a 3-0 lead. Then with 8 seconds left till the period's end freshman forward Lauren Long (Lewisville, Texas) knotted her first career goal as well making the score 4-0 at the half.
The Lady Techsters, in particular Laura LeFevour, came out firing in the second half. She was all over the field chasing down loose balls and in the 62nd minute she took the ball at midfield and outran the defender to touch it to the back corner for the final goal of the game.
"Thankfully it was a great lead-on pass and I just took the touch and shot it and it went in," said LeFevour.
The defensive line of Mo Rockwell (Salt Lake City, Utah), Jessica Davis (Shreveport, La.) and Mette Rudolfsen (Aarnes, Norway) held strong throughout the match only allowing 4 shot attempts, none of which were on goal. Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) notched her first shutout of the season and the 16th of her career.
Coach Sherry was able to get playing time for all of his available players throughout the game which was crucial he said in getting a good grasp on positions going forward. The next opponent for the Lady Techsters is future CUSA mate Southern Miss whom they played to a scoreless draw last year in Hattiesburg, Miss.
"We're gonna go with what we learned today with the personnel and the positions we put people in and we'll give it our best shot," said Sherry.
That contest will be played at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex this Friday at 11 a.m.
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