Kgoale Chips in Golden Goal for LA Tech
Sept. 13, 2017
GRAMBLING -- With a two-goal lead in hand, the Louisiana Tech women's soccer team was on its way to its sixth win and staying undefeated on the road.
Grambling State had other ideas.
The Lady Tigers scored two goals themselves in the second half to tie the match up and force it into overtime. The Lady Techsters stopped the upset bid though as senior Nomvula Kgoale chipped in the golden goal in the first OT period for the 3-2 victory on Wednesday night at the GSU Soccer Complex.
"From our perspective, the game had three phases," head coach Kevin Sherry said. "We dominated the start and took a two-goal lead. Then we just relaxed and let Grambling get back into the game which inevitably led to them scoring twice.
"In the final phase, we woke up again and found the winner in overtime. We need to learn from this and keep our effort and concentration at a maximum level in every game. Every credit goes to Grambling for showing such great fight."
Senior Olivia Millington, making her first appearance on the pitch this season, got LA Tech (6-1-2) on the scoreboard in a hurry by scoring 55 seconds into the match. The defender took a free kick from the right wing and drilled it through traffic and inside the far post.
Later in the 26th minute, it was another Monica Gebler-Mylene Roy-Ouellet connection we have come accustomed to this season. Gebler came forward from her back line position and crossed the ball to the top of the six where Roy-Ouellet flicked the ball inside for the far post for the header goal.
It was the junior striker's team-leading fifth goal of the season. For the senior Gebler, it was her team-leading fourth assist.
GSU, under the guidance of first-year head coach Justin Wagar, refused to quit though despite being down two goals. The Lady Tigers were able to slice the deficit in half in the 59th minute when Brittany Terry did a flip throw-in deep in their attacking third that sailed high into the keeper's box.
With a lot of bodies in the six, Jasmine Smith was able to get a clean foot on the ball and put it into the back of the net. Five minutes later, GSU struck again.
Kaylee Holt was able to intercept a pass in their final third and had a one-on-one opportunity which she connected on inside the left post.
With about 13 minutes remaining in regulation, coach Sherry put Kgoale into the game and put her up top. The move paid off.
A little over two minutes deep into the first 10-minute overtime, sophomore Jaelyn Peeples delivered a long ball that was flicked by sophomore Jenna Dages. Kgoale stayed onside and ran onto the ball which she then chipped past the keeper for the golden goal.
LA Tech finished the match with a 12-10 shot advantage and a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Dages and sophomore Stella Li led the team with three shot attempts apiece. Getting the win in net was junior Courtney Tompkins who registered five saves to improve her record to 3-1-1.
LA Tech will finish up non-conference action on Friday, Sept. 15 at home against LSU-Alexandria. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
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