Weng's Late Second Period Goal Preserves 1-1 Tie for LA Tech
MOBILE, Ala. - In what appeared to be a potential second loss of the season for Louisiana Tech after giving up a late goal in the 81st minute, midfielder Andrea Weng came up with a goal of her own for Tech five minutes later to preserve a 1-1 tie after two scoreless overtime periods.
This marked the second time this season the Techsters went into overtime giving them an overall record of 5-1-2 while South Alabama moves to 4-3-1 on the year.
"Very tough game on the road," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "USA is a big school and a quality opposition. The ladies competed for everything which was our goal today."
The first period saw very little offensive action as USA only had a 4-2 shot advantage over the Techsters. Junior midfielder Mia Schorpp provided the only two shots for Tech, both being on goal and saved by the opposing keeper.
The start of the second period provided more offensive sparks for both teams. Momentum swayed back and forth with USA getting off consecutive shots, then LA Tech returning the favor.
Despite winning more of the 50-50 balls, South Alabama got on the scoreboard first in the 81st minute off the foot of Kristyn Thacker who put it past Techster goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke for her fourth goal of the season and what seemed to be the game-winning goal at the time.
This was only the third goal given up by the Tech defense on the year, and all three have come in the 81st minute or beyond.
With just under five minutes remaining in the match, Weng was able to tie it up for her first goal of the season with a long shot from 35 yards out and send it into overtime. She continued her offensive on slot through both overtime periods as she recorded nine shots - five on goal - in just 61 minutes of action.
"All credit to the ladies for conceding a late goal and fighting back to tie the game," said Sherry. "It took a wonder strike from Andrea, but the whole team earned it."
Tech had plenty of chances in the double overtime periods to sneak away with another road victory had it not been for a last ditch tackle by a defender or missing the post by inches.
"Our offensive play was far more dangerous today which bodes well for the future," said Sherry.
The Techsters continue their nonconference schedule this Friday back home versus Jackson State. That match is set for 4 p.m.
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