Sept. 2, 2009
RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech scored early and often in its 7-1 victory over Prairie View A&M on Wednesday at the Lady Techster Soccer Field, but it was Rachel King who highlighted the big win as she recorded her first hat trick of her career.
King became just the fourth player in Tech soccer history to score three times in a single game. Former Lady Techsters Emily Cleaveland and Denise Wilson along with current Techster Kristen Sevier also performed the feat in their respective careers.
Wednesday's win improves the Lady Techsters' record to 3-0-0 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 0-3-0.
"Our play in the second half was much better than our play in the first half," Tech head coach Kevin Sherry said. "Our reserves really stepped up for us. They took the opportunity they were given and worked hard. Heather Fitzgerald played exceptionally well. She really made the best of her opportunity."
With a 2-1 lead in the 36th-minute, King booted in her first goal of the season five yards in front of the Panthers' net. Less than five minutes later, Fitzgerald gave her team a two-goal lead as she blasted the ball into the left side of the goal.
King struck again in the 59th-minute. Scotti Culton setup King just to the left of Prairie View A&M's goal area. She finished the play 12 yards out to give the Techsters a 5-1 cushion.
A header by Mal Feece off a corner by Hikari Kurokawa gave Tech its sixth goal of the match in the 78th-minute. King finished the seven-goal spree on an assist by Amy Quintana just past the 84th-minute.
It did not take the Lady Techsters very long to score as Kiva Gresham gave her team an early one-goal lead just three minutes into the match. Kat McCullough found Gresham off a corner kick, and she blasted the ball into the left side of the net for her second goal of the season.
Kurokawa padded Tech's lead in the 21st-minute. The Okayama, Japan native received a ball from McCullough and chipped it over Prairie View A&M's goalkeeper for a two-goal advantage.
The Lady Techsters outshot the Panthers 31-7. Of Tech's 31 shots, 18 were on goal.
The last time Tech started off the season 3-0-0 was in 2006. Tech will look to continue improving when they travel to Nicholls State Friday for a 4 p.m. contest with the Colonels.
For more information on Lady Techster Soccer, please visit the official home of LA Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.