Oct. 12, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- For a team comprised of mostly freshmen, this Louisiana Tech soccer team continues to show its maturity as they used two second half goals and another shutout by the defense to grab a 2-0 conference road victory against Texas State
The Lady Techsters (11-1-3) keep their unbeaten streak alive, now at nine games, and take a big jump from sixth to third in the early WAC standings with two wins and one tie to their credit. The loss by the Bobcats (5-10-1) brings their conference record to 2-3-0 and currently in the middle of the WAC pack.
After playing one another each of the last two seasons, one would have expected there to be a lot of familiarity, but for the most part the first period was spent with each team testing the other one out. Texas State held the 6-2 shot advantage when halftime came, but the scoreboard showed zeroes for both teams.
In the second half, head coach Kevin Sherry decided to push his players more forward to creative better looks at the net and the gamble certainly paid off.
"We got more chances as a result and finished two of them," said Sherry about putting more pressure on the Bobcat defense. "The team was solid from start to finish. Texas State is a very good team who are well coached. This result is a major achievement for the program."
Early in the second period, it looked as if the Bobcats would strike first when a foul by LA Tech gave Texas State a free kick right outside the penalty box. A low kick was blocked by the wall, and a second attempt by the Bobcats sailed wide of the net giving a huge sigh of relief to the Lady Techsters.
It was not long after that when in the 65th minute freshman forward Rosie Lethbridge took a through ball giving her a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Her first attempt was saved, but Lethbridge was able to regain the rebound and put it in for a 1-0 advantage and her fourth goal of the season.
About nine minutes later, LA Tech would strike again when freshman midfielder Brittany Beddow's pass got in behind the Bobcat defense for Emily Brennan on a breakaway goal, giving LA Tech a 2-0 lead and her team-leading seventh of the season.
Despite a barrage of corner kicks by Texas State, freshman goalkeeper Corina Brown recorded four saves total and the defense only allowed three shots in the period bringing the shutout number to 10 on the season.
The young squad will now make the one hour bus drive to San Antonio where they will face UTSA on Sunday at 1 p.m. in another critical conference match.
"We have an even tougher test ahead of us on Sunday but this team just keeps surprising everyone," said Sherry.
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