Soccer Struggles in First Period, Falls 1-0 to South Alabama


 

 

Sep 1, 2013

Final Stats

TROY, Ala. - A match that pitted two vastly different playing styles went the way of the opposition on Sunday afternoon as Louisiana Tech fell 1-0 to South Alabama in the second game of the Trojan Classic tournament.

"It was there to be won against a very big and powerful South Alabama team," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "We were rushing our through passes and the quality of the pass wasn't very high."

LA Tech (1-3-1) used sound technique and its speed to counter USA's (3-0-1) size and aggressiveness.

Early in the first period, the Lady Techster's style was winning out as they were able to push the ball into the final third and generate three corner kicks in the first 22 minutes of action, but no shot attempts came about.

USA countered though, and in the 30th minute the Jaguars attacked LA Tech's backline with a quality through pass that allowed Lauren Allison to take a deflected shot in the penalty box and finish it in front of an unoccupied net.

South Alabama held a 4-0 shot advantage at the end of the first period, but the Tech coaching staff made some halftime adjustments which produced more chances in the box.

Freshman Kathryn Sloan had two shot attempts saved fresh after the whistle sounded to start the second period.

Two monumental saves by senior keeper Caitlin Updyke gave the Techsters six more cracks at the net in regulation to tie it up, but the composure was still lacking to get a good foot on any of the opportunities.

 

 

"The heat and the team's fitness was a factor too," added Sherry. "They had more experienced players and had powerful strikers who could hold the ball up which helped them greatly."

USA and LA Tech tied with eight shot attempts a piece, but the Jaguars held a 7-4 edge in shots on goal.

Updyke finished with a season-high six saves. Herself, along with Charity Simmons and Erica Stewart, were named to the Trojan Classic All-Tournament team for their efforts this weekend.

LA Tech stays on the road as they head to south Louisiana to face UL-Lafayette on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.

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