Aug. 22, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Two weeks of training in the Ruston heat paid off for the Louisiana Tech women's soccer team as they withstood a hot summer afternoon to defeat Lamar 1-0 Sunday in Beaumont, Texas.
"Our fitness paid off today," Tech head coach Kevin Sherry said who's team competed with the heat index past 100 degrees. "It is great that we can go to our bench and not lose anything. It was extremely hot. It was hard for both teams, but both played such a great game."
It was a true team effort for the Lady Techsters, who improved to 1-1 on the season. However, it was freshman midfielder Taylor Dennis who shined for the second-straight game by scoring the only goal.
The score came in the 11th minute and was assisted by senior Kiva Gresham, who is now just one assist behind current Tech assistant coach Kat McCullough on the all-time assist chart.
Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke made the most of her first start for Tech. The Broomfield, Colo. native shutout the Cardinals (0-1) and recorded six saves.
Tech outshot Lamar 14-11 with junior Rachel King taking five shots, three on goal, the most for the Lady Techsters. Dennis also recorded three shots on goal against Lamar goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs.
"The whole team was awesome," Sherry said. "We have so much potential. Today showed that there is so much that we can do."
Louisiana Tech hosts Sam Houston State in its home opener on Friday at 5 p.m. at Lady Techster Soccer Field.