Sept. 14, 2012
RUSTON - Despite the match being scoreless at the midway point, the Louisiana Tech soccer team used a second period burst to tally four goals and take the 4-0 win over Jackson State today at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The shutout victory by the defense and goalkeeper Corina Brown brings Tech's record to 6-1-2 on the year while Jackson State falls to 0-8-0.
In what was a physical battle with 28 total fouls and bodies flying all over the field, the Techsters still managed to match the intensity throughout the game even though head coach Kevin Sherry wanted to see them use their bodies more to draw more fouls.
After coming out of halftime with an 11-0 shot advantage and no goals to show for it, Tech turned up the heat and started to take more chances that resulted in four second period goals.
"We could have had four [goals] in the first half, but we just needed that first one to go in," said Sherry. "Once that first one went in then they could relax. We gambled after halftime and really attacked."
The Techsters used their main weapon - speed -- to put themselves in position for several crosses into the box, and in the 53rd minute forward Laura LeFevour delivered a cross that was headed by forward Rosie Lethbridge to midfielder Brittany Beddow standing at the far post who put her header into the net. LeFevour and Lethbridge were credited with the assist and Beddow with her third goal of the season.
Six minutes later in the 59th minute, LeFevour was on the other end of the action as a cross by defender Jessica Davis touched her foot in stride and struck it for the second goal of the match. This was the second time in LeFevour's young career that she has recorded a goal and a save in the same game.
The match started to get chippy from here on out as both clubs had players who were issued yellow cards. A couple of the Jackson State players went down with injuries, so the small roster got even smaller as the game progressed.
Tech's fitness level kept at a strong pace and was able to track down long balls quicker. The effort paid off again in the 83rd minute when midfielder Abby Sentz launched a deep into to forward Lauren Long who took the touch and made the score 3-0.
"I saw Abby get the ball, and I saw the three defenders moving away and the left side came wide open so I yelled at the top of my lungs for it," said Long. "I saw the ball she hit across so I touched it with my left foot and scored it."
The second period dominance continued in the 85th minute when on the sixth corner kick of the day, midfielder Heather Fitzgerald booted a ball well into the box and was knocked in by midfielder Samantha Fabian past the keeper for the fourth goal of the day. Second period goals have become the norm for Tech as 17 of their 26 goals this season have come after halftime. The missed opportunities were there again today in the first period, but continued attacks and repetition, and a bit of luck can turn any game around.
"The first half we did awesome with our attacking and our shape, we just did not get a lucky break and score," said Long. "Second half we came out so strong. Coach Sherry talked to us and told us we need to do this formation and what worked. Coach really puts in repetition with us. We will keep working on those opportunities because the more opportunities we get the more goals we'll get."
With three nonconference matches left to go, coach Sherry said he is still looking to tidy things up a bit more with quick passes and more imagination in front of the goal.
The first of the three nonconference matches left is Sunday at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. at 1 p.m.
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