Techsters Take Down Warhawks
Sept. 3, 2017
MONROE – The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer remained undefeated on the road this season, registering two second half goals to take down I-20 foe ULM by a score of 2-0 on a hot Sunday afternoon at the ULM Soccer Complex.
LA Tech (4-1-1) has not let the tough non-conference schedule bother them. Having played five of its six matches away from home, the Lady Techsters have come away with four victories and one draw.
“It was a hard fought game which was going to be the case against a regional opponent,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “The game was a tale of two halves. We dominated possession of the ball but gave no threat to the ULM goal. In the second half, we went with earlier service to our strikers instead of over passing and got two goals as a result.”
In the first 45 minutes of action, the Lady Techsters could not get that last pass in a combination to setup scoring chances. They did have a handful of free kicks though with both freshman Elizabeth Doll and senior Kailee Hervey producing two header attempts that could not find the back of the net.
Sophomore Stella Li had the best chance in the first period, taking a free kick from 25 yards out. Her shot cleared the wall but clipped the top of the crossbar.
After some halftime adjustments by the coaching staff, the direct passing proved to be a difference maker. Three minutes into the second period, Doll made a strong turn and run up the left flank that allowed LA Tech to earn a corner kick.
It was unsuccessful. However, Doll, who was playing up top, flicked the ball to junior Mylene Roy-Ouellet at the top of the 18 who delivered a one-touch pass to sophomore Jenna Dages. The striker made a perfectly timed run and beat the keeper inside the far post for the goal.
In the 69th minute, LA Tech was able to generate an insurance goal when freshman Chesna Castro ran down the ball on the end line. She played it back to senior Monica Gebler who came up from the back line. Gebler crossed it perfectly into the box to Roy-Ouellet who headed it in from 10 yards out inside the right post.
Junior Makenna Johnson ended up playing the full 90 minutes at center back. Other standout performances were that of Doll who saw 79 minutes on the pitch and freshman Gabrielle Clark who came off the bench to play 62 minutes.
LA Tech finished with a 13-8 shot advantage and a 4-1 corner kick advantage over ULM (0-6), defeating the Warhawks for a third consecutive year.
Sophomore Carlotta Cartelli got the victory in net, her second of the season. She was credited with one save on the day.
LA Tech returns to the pitch on Friday, Sept. 8 to take on Troy. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
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