Oct. 16, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech soccer team fell to Idaho 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Lady Techster Soccer Complex in a hard fought game.
"They tried hard but the game highlighted the problem we had all year," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "They had one opportunity and their striker, who is very good, finished, while we could not create chances even against 10-men and a backup goalkeeper. We still can't finish and it has been a problem from day one this year because of injuries."
The Lady Techsters drop to 8-5-4 overall and 1-3 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Vandals improve to 6-8-3 and 2-2-1 in conference.
Idaho came out strong to begin the game and in the seventh minute Chelsea Small scored the lone goal of the game when she headed in a cross from Jill Flockhart in the seventh minute for a 1-0 advantge.
"We didn't start the game according to the game plan and then we were under pressure to start," Sherry said. "We changed it up to fix and were perfect from our goal area up to their goal area but after that we just couldn't finish."
In the 66th minute, senior Rachel King (O'Fallon, Mo.) had an opportunity to tie the game, but her shot hit the top left corner of the post.
Tech had another chance to even the score when the Vandals' goalkeeper Caroline Towles was red carded for nearly taking out senior Olivia Lukasewich (Woodbridge, Ontario) outside the penalty box after a long pass from senior Chelsea White (Lucas, Texas) in the 68th minute. Junior Mo Rockwell, (Salt Lake City, Utah) took the free kick after the ejection, but her shot was saved by Idaho's emergency goalkeeper Morgan Porter.
The Lady Techsters were outshot 8-7 with senior Scotti Culton (Waterloo, Ill.) and Lukasewich pacing the team with two shots apiece.
Sophomore Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) started in goal and stopped three shots on the afternoon.
For Idaho, Small led the team offensively with three shots, all of them on goal. Lilly Archer was the only other Vandal to take multiple shots with two. Towles started between the posts and had three saves before her ejection and Porter saved the only shot she faced.
Tech travels to California next weekend to face Fresno State and San Jose State and return home for senior day on Oct. 30 against Hawaii.
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