LA Tech Scores Four Unanswered Goals to Take League Opener
Sept. 17, 2017
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team found itself down 1-0 in the first half, but the Lady Techsters ended up scoring four unanswered goals to defeat UTSA by a final score of 4-1 in the Conference USA opener on a hot Sunday afternoon at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The Roadrunners got on the scoreboard 20 minutes into the match. After some adjustments to stop the outlets their outside backs, LA Tech (8-1-2, 1-0 C-USA) took control of the game. In the span of about 75 seconds, the Lady Techsters took back the lead.
Goal-scorer extraordinaire Mylene Roy-Ouellet got the equalizer. A little over one minute later UTSA’s (1-7, 0-1 C-USA) defender Harper Luczka was issued a straight red card on her take down of a charging Lady Techster.
The foul occurred right outside the top of the 18. Nomvula Kgoale stepped up and sent a perfect bender, clearing the wall and finding the back of the net for the lead. With UTSA playing with 10 players the rest of the way, LA Tech took advantage and added two insurance goals in the second half by Kailee Hervey and Jenna Dages.
“When you are down at home, you need that goal; otherwise the clock is your enemy,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “It puts pressure on you. It was a big win, not only because it was at home but because it was the first conference match.
“We were in a catch-22 situation in the second half. You want to take advantage by having that extra player, but at the same time we do not want to leave the backdoor open. It was finding that right balance between not giving them a sniff at goal and still having an offense threat and I thought we had that.”
UTSA used its outside backs to control a majority of the possession to open the match. In the 21st minute, Sarah Bayhi sent a long ball into the attacking third. Forward Ellis Patterson got in behind the back line and was able to beat the keeper on the 1v1 to put the Roadrunners ahead.
It only lasted about 15 minutes though. The junior Roy-Ouellet was putting high pressure on the defender and managed to dispossess her. She dribbled forward about 10 yards and struck the ball into the net for her team-leading eighth goal.
The red card/Kgoale goal came about a minute later and the tide had completely turned in favor of LA Tech.
In the 67th minute, senior Olivia Millington sent a long ball into the 18 that was bobbled by the UTSA goalkeeper. The senior Hervey was there to pounce, gaining control of the ball and shooting into the open net.
The fourth and final goal came in the 80th minute when senior Hannah McStay-Fenn drove a long through ball into the final third where the sophomore Dages ran on top of it and beat the keeper inside the far post.
The four goals were the most scored by the Lady Techsters in a C-USA match and the most scored in a league game since 2010. They held a 19-15 shot advantage and a 3-2 edge on corner kicks. Dages and Kgoale led the way with four shot attempts apiece.
In net, junior Courtney Tompkins picked up her fifth victory of the season. She was credited with six saves.
LA Tech continues league action on Thursday, Sept. 21 when they travel to Houston to take on Rice. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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