Oct. 14, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Panic could have easily set in for Louisiana Tech when they were forced to play with 10 players after leading goal scorer Emily Brennan was issued a red card, but the Lady Techsters forced the match into overtime and came out with the 1-0 victory today on Laura LeFevour's golden goal at the UTSA Rec Sports Complex.
This marked the first time ever in program history that LA Tech (12-1-3) was able to come out on top being down a player. The Lady Techsters boosted their conference record to 3-0-1, putting them currently second in the standings. Meanwhile, UTSA (2-10-2) fell to 1-1-3 on WAC play.
"I am so proud of this team," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "To play with only 10 for the better part of an hour on a very hot day, on turf and on the road is so mentally and physically tough. The ladies ran themselves into the ground for the team."
The Lady Techsters were fortunate to keep the match 0-0 going into halftime. LA Tech was flat on both sides of the field, tallying six fouls, one of which was a yellow card issued to Brennan in the 17th minute, and were outshot by UTSA 8-2.
However, once the red card came out of the referee's shirt pocket in the 56th minute, the team used this as extra motivation to not just amp up their play defensively and hope for a draw but to go for the outright win.
"The red card seemed to spark us into life," said Sherry. "We suddenly had something to fight for and the team began to fight for everything. It gave us a purpose."
Goalkeeper Corina Brown stood tall in net, recording six saves, and the LA Tech defense continued their consistent play. UTSA still had more space to work with and got off 20 shots on the evening, the most allowed this season by the Lady Techsters.
A pass from defender Andrea Weng to midfielder Heather Fitzgerald led to an inch perfect through-ball to LeFevour just outside the six-yard box and she did not hesitate for the golden goal and her third of the season. Both Weng and Fitzgerald were credited with an assist.
"The goal was beautiful," said Sherry who received an early present for his 50th birthday tomorrow. "The celebrations on the field were something to behold. Even I joined in."
"I want to thank the players for giving so much, my assistants for giving me wonderful insights into the game which helped enormously and thank past teams who gave us such a strong foundation to build on."
The Lady Techsters are now 2-0-3 this season in overtime games, and will return to the soccer field this Friday in Ruston when they face off against Seattle at 4 p.m.
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