Sept. 25, 2009
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - After 110 minutes of play, neither Louisiana Tech nor Sam Houston State could put the ball in the back of the net as the game ended in a 0-0 tie in double overtime on Friday.
The Lady Techsters (10-0-1) entered the contest leading the nation in scoring, averaging 4.70 per game, but wet conditions on the field lowered the chances of scoring a goal.
"When you are undefeated, you have a bulls-eye on your back," said Tech head coach Kevin Sherry. "People want to knock you off. It was a very tough game on a heavy field with a lot of water and mud, so it was a tough battle from start to finish."
LA Tech had 20 shots, five in the second overtime, with perhaps their best chance to score in the final minute of the game. Freshman Heather Fitzgerald had the ball by the Sam Houston State goal with three seconds left in the second overtime, but her only shot of the game sailed high of the cross bar.
"They (Sam Houston State) were a long ball team," Sherry said. "They kicked it from offense to defense down the field. They had a lot of speed in front and we defended that well. This was a great defensive performance for our team. This gives us so much confidence that we can handle that kind of offensive tactic."
Sophomore goalkeeper Cat Buchanan recorded six saves for her sixth shutout of the season as Tech held the opposing team scoreless for the seventh time.
The Lady Techsters face Houston Baptist on Sunday to wrap up non-conference play. The game will be held at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex at 1 p.m. unless rainy weather forces the game to be moved to Joe Aillet Stadium.
Houston Baptist beat Sam Houston State earlier this season 2-0.
"We are in for another tough game, but that's what we want," Sherry said. "Tonight's game was just like a conference game which is perfect for us. It's the best preparation that we could have had. Thing that we learned today are going to help a lot when it comes to conference play."