Dages Strikes Twice in 2-1 Victory
Oct. 13, 2017
RUSTON – Even though it was Friday the 13th, the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team was not afraid of a Charlotte squad who had won eight of its last nine and who they had never beaten on the pitch.
Sophomore Jenna Dages was the very first sub of the match for the Lady Techsters, coming in 13 minutes deep into the second half.
The forward would go on to strike for two goals in what ended up being a 2-1 victory over the 49ers at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
It was victory No. 10 on the season for LA Tech (10-2-4, 3-1-2 C-USA), marking the fourth straight season with double-digit victories. The three points gives the Lady Techsters a point total of 11, moving up to fifth place with four league matches to go.
“The first half was the best half of a soccer I have seen at Louisiana Tech,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “The second half was not as good because we got a little bit tired. We have been working really hard, getting into position to score. Jenna was rewarded for her hard work.
“Our strength is built around our defense which is mostly seniors. Today proved that point against Charlotte who is one of the top teams in the league.”
LA Tech was stellar in the first 45 minutes in all three sections of the field – back line, midfield and the final third. They would end up taking 10 shots in the first half to only two by Charlotte (9-5, 4-2 C-USA), but they could not find the back of the net.
Playing up top, junior Mylene Roy-Ouellet had a clean header from a cross that she was not able to keep down that went over the crossbar. Another opportunity was by senior Nomvula Kgoale who’s rocket shot was saved by the fingertips of the opposing keeper.
All 11 starters played the entire first half. It was not until the 58th minute when Dages subbed in for Roy-Ouellet. A couple minutes later, she put LA Tech on the scoreboard when she won a 50/50 ball inside the box and sent a sliding shot that deflected off the defender and over the keeper for the goal.
The lead was short-lived though as Charlotte equalized in the 68th minute when Remi Roberts found open space to send a cross to the far post. A charging Megan Greene placed her header perfectly to tie the match up.
Dages was not done.
Four minutes later, Kgoale drove a through ball that split the center backs. Dages ran onto it and with a first-touch, her strike was finished just inside the far post. It brought her season goal total to eight (five in league action), tying for the most on the team.
The back line held strong from then on out, defending a few corner kicks as well as a free kick with 14 seconds left. The 49ers got a desperation shot attempt as a result, but it was blocked and cleared out.
LA Tech ended with a 17-10 shot advantage, six of those coming off the foot of Kgoale. The biggest stat in the game was arguably holding 49ers forward and preseason offensive player of the Year Martha Thomas to zero shot attempts.
Goalkeeper Courtney Tompkins picked up her eighth win in net. She was credited with four saves.
LA Tech returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 15 when they play host to Old Dominion. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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