Aug 23, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - A ball struck by LSU's Summer Clarke in the 37th minute that snuck just inside the right post was all the home team needed as Louisiana Tech fell 1-0 to the Lady Tigers on Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium in what was the 2013 season opener.
LA Tech's (0-1) lone shot attempt in the first half came off the foot of Kathryn Sloan after receiving a deflected ball from fellow freshman Hailee Kervey. Sloan's shot sailed just wide of the right post.
LSU's (1-0) keeper then delivered the ball to midfield where it eventually found Emma Fletcher who delivered the assist to Clarke who had a game-high eight shot attempts.
After halftime, the LA Tech offense kicked it into another gear thanks in large part to Madison Doll. The Pearl River, La. native used her elusive speed to take four shot attempts within a span of 10 minutes, two of which were on goal.
The Lady Techsters last opportunity to tie the match came in the 81st minute when their only corner kick of the night was drilled perfectly into the box by Brittany Beddow, but the clean header by Hervey went wide.
"The second half display was one of the best halves of soccer played by a LA Tech team," said Sherry. "To perform so well against a top team, on the road, was inspirational.
"We had our chances to score. We defended as a team and hit them on the break with opportunities that on another day would be goals."
In net, Caitlin Updyke had seven saves to keep LA Tech within striking distance the entire match against the SEC opponent.
LSU finished with a 21-7 shot advantage.
The Lady Techsters return home to host Central Arkansas on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in what will be the first ever night match at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
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