Oct. 7, 2012
RUSTON - Despite a drastic change in weather from Friday's hot and humid double overtime match to today's cold and windy conditions, Louisiana Tech pushed through the elements to claim a 1-0 victory over New Mexico State at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
LA Tech (10-1-3) followed up their grueling draw with No. 19 Denver with a win today bringing their unbeaten streak to eight games and giving them a very positive start to conference play. New Mexico State (1-9-3) came into today's contest having only scored four goals, and their offensive woes continued as they drop to 0-2-1 in the WAC.
"I was expecting our team to come down," said head coach Kevin Sherry about recovering from the tiring effort on Friday. "I expected them to be flat but they weren't. They came out just professional in their attitude and the way they played, and that's a big statement that they have grown mentally as a team and as individuals. We've over-achieved our goals that we wanted, and to win today against a tough competitor, that was huge for us."
The match started with the Aggies using their fresh legs to maintain possession of the ball for the most part, but about 15 minutes in the Techsters began to push the ball and themselves more and more forward to create more scoring chances.
Neither team had very many opportunities within the box in the first period. However, in the 39th minute midfielder Mia Schorpp, who usually plays more defensive in the midfield, took a touch from fellow midfielder Brittany Beddow and had an open lane at the net and boomed a kick from 35 yards out that sailed past the outreached hands of the goalkeeper for the goal.
"I think coming from Denver it was such a team game and we were all together supporting each other, working hard because we really wanted it," said Schorpp who notched her first goal of the season. "I had the wind so that helped it some. I didn't even think it was going to go in."
With the second period came a lot more grabbing and pushing with neither team backing down from the other. The physical play resulted in 19 fouls and three yellow cards being issued in the match, one given to forward Laura LeFevour and the other two to the Aggies.
"Some teams are more aggressive than others and that's just their style, and as a result you have a bunch of fouls," said Sherry.
The defense continued to not allow New Mexico State any space in the box. After 14 games this season LA Tech has only allowed five goals, and the move of Andrea Weng to the backline has strengthened that group even more. Goalkeeper Corina Brown was credited with three saves and the shutout win, her fourth of the season.
The Lady Techsters will now hit the road into the heart of Texas as they square off against conference opponent Texas State in San Marcos, Texas at 7 p.m. on Friday. They will follow that up with a Sunday match in San Antonio, Texas versus UTSA at 1 p.m.
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