RUSTON - Louisiana Tech scored four unanswered goals in the final 55 minutes to claim a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Troy on a hot and humid Sunday at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The comeback was the second one of the first fall weekend for LA Tech (1-0-1), but this time they got the win instead of the draw.
"The girls had to get their second wind after the first 30 minutes," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "They were still mentally and physically tired from Friday night's double overtime match."
Troy (0-2) took advantage on their first scoring opportunity in the 14th minute when Annabell Simpson wrestled a 50-50 ball away from a Techster defender and beat Anna Lensing in the top right corner.
Seven minutes later Simpson helped produce another goal for the Trojans when she chipped a ball over the backline to Chelsey Williams who then chipped the ball over the outstretched reach of Lensing.
However, LA Tech was able to cut the lead to half before the end of the first period. In the 36th minute, Kathryn Sloan ran down the right wing and crossed the ball into the box where a charging Taylor Dennis put it in the back of the net.
The equalizer came in the 58th minute when a foul by the Trojans at the top of the box gave the Lady Techsters a short-range set piece. Brittany Beddow pushed the ball to the right to Nicole Dincau who's strike deflected off a defender at the wall and in for her first career goal.
Six minutes later the game-winner came off the left foot of Beddow who curled a corner kick just around the near post for a sneaky netter.
Sealing the first victory of the season was Kailee Hervey who took a cross pass from Sloan on a breakaway and beat the keeper one-on-one from 15 yards out. That was Sloan's second assist of the day.
"The player of the game goes to the entire squad because we used 21 players," said Sherry. "I suspected Troy could not go too deep into their bench. In the second half they were starting to get tired."
Goalkeeper Kylee Seto came it at halftime in place of Lensing and had one save in getting the win.
Next up for LA Tech is a home midweek match on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. versus Louisiana College.
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