Sept. 25, 2011
RUSTON, La. – Behind two goals from senior Olivia Lukasewich (Woodbridge, Ontario), the Louisiana Tech soccer team defeated Southeastern Louisiana 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Lady Techster Soccer Complex. Lukasewich’s two goals tied her career-high in a game which she has now done three times with the last time occurring in 2009 against Centenary.
Tech improves their record to 7-2-4 on the season while the Lions fall to 6-2-1.
Lukasewich’s first goal came in the 21st minute when she headed the ball into the back of the net after receiving a headed pass from junior Mo Rockwell (Salt Lake City, Utah) off a corner kick from senior Scotti Culton (Waterloo, Ill.).
“The first goal was off a set play we had been working on in practice,” said Culton. “Mo was at the far post and headed it perfectly back to the middle and Olivia was able to send it home.”
The second goal came 1:16 later in the 22nd minute when SLU’s goalkeeper could not handle Lukasewich’s shot from 20 yards out. Credited with an assist each on the score was senior Rachel King (O’Fallon, Mo.) and Culton.
“Amy [Quintana] gave me a pass and I ran through it, but let the ball go through my legs and Scotti passed the ball to Rachel,” Lukasewich said. “She laid it off to me and I hit the ball as hard as I could and the keeper could not handle it.”
Culton’s two assists tied her with former teammate Kiva Gresham for the most in program history, 20, and tied her career-high in a match with the last happening against San Jose State last year.
King had a chance to give the Lady Techsters a three goal lead when she was fouled in the box early in the 36th minute, but sent her penalty kick wide right.
SLU responded in the second half in the 63rd minute when Karly Dagys dribbled past three Tech defenders and sent a shot to the lower left corner of the net. Assists on the score were credited to Kerry McWhirter and Kelsey Salcido. The goal was the first time an opponent had scored against LA Tech in the second half this season.
“In the first half the team played great but in the second half they thought it would be easy which allowed them to score their goal,” said head coach Kevin Sherry.
Sophomore Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) got the start in net and stopped five shots.
The Lady Techsters took 28 shots, the second most this season, with 10 of them being on goal and were led by Lukaswich’s seven shots, all of them on goal. The seven shots on goal tied her career-high that she set back in 2008 against Prairie View A&M.
Senior Amy Quintana (Wheaton, Ill) set a career-high with three shots and Rockwell tied her career-high for shots in a game with four that she established last season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Lions took 12 shots and were led by Maiya Cooper and Dagys with three apiece. Teresinski got her fifth start in goal this season, stopping eight shots.
LA Tech opens conference play Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. against New Mexico State on Lady Techster Soccer Field
“We are really excited and I think we are ready. We have worked really hard in the preseason and practice so I think we will get the results that we want,” Culton said.
For the latest and most current news on Lady Techster soccer, visit the home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com and follow sports information contact Phillip Pongratz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LATechPPongratz.