Lady Techsters Drop Contest To McNeese State
Aug. 26, 2011
LAKE CHARLES, La. - After falling behind early against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., the Louisiana Tech women's soccer team comeback attempt fell short Friday night at Cowgirls Field. The Cowgirls won the fourth meeting between the in-state schools 2-1 behind two first half goals.
The loss drops the Lady Techsters to 2-1-1 on the season and while MSU improves to 1-2-0.
The Cowgirls scored their first goal off a corner kick, as Johna Germany received a short pass from Callie Allbright and drove the shot from just inside the top left corner of the 18-yard box into the top right corner of the net in the fifth minute. The goal ended LA Tech's shutout streak at 294:32 minutes to begin the season.
In the 39th minute, the Cowgirls Emily Johnson scored to increase MSU's lead to 2-0 after a turnover by the Lady Techsters in their end of the field.
Head Coach Kevin Sherry was not happy with his team's performance in the first half that occurred because of the team's attitude.
"The saddest thing about the performance was that the senior leadership set the lethargic attitude that the team had to begin the game," Sherry said. "The hole was so deep that we couldn't dig ourselves out of it."
After halftime, Tech turned up the pressure on the Cowgirls' defense by outshooting the Cowgirls 11-1, with one of the shots finding the back of the net.
Freshman Natalie Kelly (Waxahachie, Texas) sent a long pass downfield and past the defense that senior Olivia Lukasewich (Woodbridge, Ontario) was able to corral. Lukasewich then fired of a shot into the left side of the goal and past a diving goalkeeper for her second score of the season in the 78th minute that also cut the lead to 2-1.
The Lady Techsters had numerous chances in the final minutes of the game, but were unable to find the back of the net as their shots just couldn't find their way past the goal line.
Even with the loss, LA Tech did end the game on a positive note.
"They redeemed themselves in the 2nd half with their play," said Sherry. "That is something we can take into Sunday."
Lukasewich lead Tech with three shots, two on goal as Tech outshot the Cowgirls 16-6.
In net for the Lady Techsters was sophomore Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) who stopped two shots as she fell to 2-1-1 on the year.
After three games on the road Tech returns home with a matchup against Troy of the Sun Belt Conference. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
GameTracker will be available for fans that are not able to make it out to see the game in person. LA Tech All-Access members can watch a live video stream of the contest with commentary by Malcolm Butler and Jill Harper. Twitter users can get updates of the game by following soccer contact, Phillip Pongratz, at www.twitter.com/LATechPPongratz.