Oct. 6, 2013
RUSTON - FIU took advantage of an open net off a free kick in the first overtime period to hand Louisiana Tech a 3-2 loss on Sunday evening at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The LA Tech (6-7-1, 1-3 C-USA) defense collapsed on the crosser from the right wing and when goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke was unable to punch the ball out, it came loose in the eight-yard box where FIU's (4-8, 2-2 C-USA) Johanna Volz sealed the victory for the Panthers.
"All three goals were defensive breakdowns," head coach Kevin Sherry said. "They were young mistakes that we cannot afford to make, but we got every ounce we could out of our players against a very, very good team."
FIU came in ranked fifth in Conference USA preseason, but the Lady Techsters came out aggressive on offense, quickly setting up a goal scoring opportunity by freshman Kailee Hervey whose clean header was saved by the Panthers keeper.
In the eighth minute, it was a header by freshman Marjolein Timmermans off a corner kick from sophomore Brittany Beddow that struck the back of the net to give LA Tech the early lead. The goal was Timmermans first of her young career.
FIU came up with their first of two equalizers on the day on the 19th minute when Jazmin Jones delivered a long ball that cleared a LA Tech defender to Ashleigh Shim who managed to chip the ball over Updyke at the top of the box.
Freshman Madison Doll gave LA Tech the lead right back in the 40th minute as a through ball from sophomore Laura LeFevour breaking away down the right wing found Doll who beat the keeper one-on-one. It was Doll's second goal of the season as it hit the inside left post and went in.
LA Tech maintained control in the first part of the second period and nearly had a penalty kick opportunity, but the head referee said the foul was just outside the penalty box. The ensuing free kick by sophomore Erica Stewart was blocked by the wall.
However, ten minutes later another defensive breakdown proved costly, leaving the right gap wide open for FIU's Nicole Diperna who tied the match up, 2-2, in the 65th minute.
The only shot in overtime came on the game-winner in the 94th minute.
The Techsters had a 15-to-11 shot advantage and a 3-to-1 corner kick advantage.
The team continues C-USA action on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. when they will take on Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro.
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