Aug 25, 2013
RUSTON - Two defensive breakdowns proved costly for Louisiana Tech as they dropped a 2-0 decision to Central Arkansas in front of a crowd of 337 fans on hand this Sunday night to watch the first ever night match played at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
"We are all disappointed," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "So many people came out to support us, the first night under the lights, and the players gave everything. Give credit to Central Arkansas. They were a good team and played really well. The difference maker was [UCA's Adriana Lucar]."
LA Tech (0-2) pressured UCA (2-0) immediately after the initial whistle blew, keeping the ball in their final third and generating five shots and three corner kicks in the first 23 minutes of action.
However, the Sugar Bears got on the scoreboard with just their second shot attempt of the night after Lucar was able to control a header versus a LA Tech defender. She was then given clean space on a counterattack to deliver a through ball to Brooke Ballard who snuck it past Caitlin Updyke for the goal in the 27th minute.
The match went into the half with Central Arkansas leading 1-0 despite the Lady Techsters having twice as many shots and corner kick attempts.
Freshman Madison Doll quickly had two chances out of the break to score the equalizer but was unable to get the ball by the keeper.
Another mental mistake was later made when a foul was called on LA Tech inside the box paving way for a penalty kick for the opposition in the 59th minute.
Updyke chose to dive to the right versus UCA's Kate Koch and was correct, but the deflected ball was still able to bend into the net to give the Sugar Bears a 2-0 advantage.
Despite LA Tech's attempt to push the ball forward with four and sometimes five strikers, they were shutout for the second straight match to open the 2013 season.
The match ended with LA Tech having a 13-9 shot advantage and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
"We created a lot of good chances," said Sherry. "We actually created more goal scoring opportunities than they did. I can't believe how some of those corners didn't go in."
The team has another quick turnaround as they travel to take on Jackson State on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m.
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