LA Tech and Marshall End in 2-2 Tie
Sept. 29, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – For the second straight match, the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team went into overtime and for a second straight match came away with a draw as the Lady Techsters tied Marshall, 2-2, on Friday night at Hoops Family Field.
LA Tech (8-2-4, 1-1-2 C-USA) scored its earliest goal of the season which came in the third minute thanks to the sophomore striker Jenna Dages. The momentum then shifted to Marshall (3-7-1, 1-2-1 C-USA) who netted two goals the remainder of the first half to take a one-goal lead.
However, the Lady Techsters equalized themselves early in the second period. That would be all of the scoring in LA Tech’s first ever trip to West Virginia as the match went the full 110 minutes knotted up at two goals apiece, giving each squad one point in the league standings.
“It was great to go up 1-0 so early, but after that Marshall took control of the game because of a greater desire to win every loose ball,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “We addressed the issue at halftime and the response was very good, but we have to stop waiting until halftime in games to get going.
“We had chances to win but it was important not to lose on the road. The tie helps keep us in the hunt for postseason play as we continue to discover a lot about our team.”
Just like in the previous match against North Texas, Dages got LA Tech on the scoreboard first. After a foul was called on the Herd at midfield three minutes into action, sophomore midfielder Jaelyn Peeples delivered a perfect free kick inside the 18. Dages stayed on line and poked the header over the head of the goalkeeper.
The Cypress, California native now has six goals on the season, half of which have come during conference action. For Peeples, it was her fifth credited assist on the year which is tied for the team high.
Marshall would equalize though in the 15th minute. After a counterattack, Gabby Powers placed a through ball between the LA Tech defenders. Jordan Sackaris ran onto the ball and snuck inside the far post.
Then in the 30th minute, the Herd took their first lead of the match when a give-and-go pass led to Molly Preston making a short dribble and launching a shot from 20 yards out into the back of the net.
The scored stayed that way until LA Tech found an equalizer of its own in the 54th minute. After a goal kick by junior Courtney Tompkins to midfield, the ball found the foot of junior forward Mylene Roy-Ouellet who made a long pass to a charging Au’Dresha Spates.
With one touch, the senior hit a low ball that beat the opposing keeper to the far post for her first goal of the season.
The would go into overtime where the teams combined for five shot attempts but no golden goal. Marshall had an edge in shots taken, 12-11, and in corner kicks taken, 8-1.
Senior Nomvula Kgoale led the Lady Techsters with six shots, two coming on goal. Tompkins in net (totaled three saves), as well as three defenders – junior Makenna Johnson, senior Haley Laque and freshman Elizabeth Doll – each played the full 110 minutes.
LA Tech returns to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 5 when they make another long trip. This one will be to the Sunshine State to take on FIU. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.
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