Sept. 4, 2009
THIBODAUX, La. -- Louisiana Tech received yet another hat trick from Rachel King in the Lady Techsters' 4-0 win over Nicholls State at the Nicholls Soccer Field Friday afternoon. King's hat trick Friday was her second in two games as she scored three goals against Prairie View A&M on Wednesday.
With the win, the Techsters are off to their best start in the program's history at a record of 4-0-0. The loss dropped Nicholls State to 1-3-0 on the season.
Tech head coach Kevin Sherry said the team showed great improvement Friday in comparison to their match on Wednesday.
"We came out with a great attitude," Sherry said. "We were more focused, more concentrated on our play, on our roles and on the goals we set. As a result, the team had a lot more fun because they were playing good soccer.
"It was a great performance by everyone. Aly [Dicker] earning her first shutout was outstanding. Rachel recording another hat trick was awesome. Amy [Quintana] played great. Lindsay [Brough] played a new position in the midfield and did an excellent job. Olivia [Lukasewich] played outstanding. I am really proud of the entire team, but we can't stop now. We have to prepare for our next game and take each game as it comes."
After scoring the final goal in Wednesday's contest, King was the first to score Friday. In the 29th minute, the native of O'Fallon, Mo. received a pass from Abigail Edwards in the middle of the Colonels' box. She quickly settled the ball and nailed it into the net for Tech's first goal of the match.
King added her second goal of the game following a 1 v. 1 involving Olivia Lukasewich and the Colonel goalkeeper in the 43rd minute. Lukasewich served the ball toward the left side of the goal inside Nicholls State's six-yard box. King raced toward the ball, slid and kicked it into the net. She went on to add her third goal in the 48th minute on a cross also by Lukasewich.
King had a chance to break Tech's single-game goals record with her fourth goal of the game, but it hit the post in the 79th minute. She finished the game with a career-high 10 shots, six of which were on goal. She is the only Techster in history to record back-to-back hat tricks.
Redshirt freshman Aly Dicker earned her first shutout of her career in her first start as she totaled three saves on four shots. Tech assistant coach and goalkeepers coach Samantha Clark said she stepped up for the team by being aggressive off the line and by stopping numerous scoring chances.
"Aly has made huge strides since she arrived last season," Clark said. "She has really worked to improve her decision making abilities and that effort really showed itself in today's game."
Tech outshot Nicholls State 21-4. The Lady Techsters also earned the corner kick battle as they had 13 opportunities, while the Colonels had two.
Tech will return home for a match with Southern Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Field. For complete coverage of Lady Techster Soccer, please visit the official home of LA Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.