Oct. 18, 2013
RUSTON - In a battle of west division foes, Louisiana Tech rose to the occasion in a 3-0 shutout win over UTEP on Friday night at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
LA Tech (8-7-1, 3-3 C-USA) made the most of their five shots on goal, netting three from three different players to give the Lady Techsters their third victory in the last four matches.
"Every day this young team is getting older and stronger," head coach Kevin Sherry said. "Day-by-day you can see it. Playing against UTEP with that power and skill and to come out with a win is incredible. We had to match their intensity and we did.
"The team is buying into what we ask them to do. That is the key. If one player doesn't, then that becomes a weak link. When every single one of them knows what their job is and does it to the best of their ability, we can make something of ourselves."
In the early going, UTEP (9-4-3, 2-2-2 C-USA) kept possession mostly and had a couple of shots go wide. However, LA Tech took advantage when their first scoring opportunity came in the 14th minute.
Annabel Prior took a corner kick and passed it to a charging Brittany Beddow at the top of the box who let one fly. The ball was blocked by a UTEP defender and deflected to Marjolein Timmermans who hammered it home into the open net for her second goal of the season.
Despite the Miners holding the Techsters to zero shots the rest of the period and producing four shot attempts and two corner kicks of their own, the match went into halftime 1-0 in favor of LA Tech.
Still searching for the equalizer, Alexandra Fiorvento delivered a long ball from midfield to a racing Charity Simmons down the left wing who dribbled by the oncoming keeper and scored her first career goal to give LA Tech a 2-0 advantage in the 63rd minute.
The backline clogged the box the rest of the way as UTEP sent the majority of their team forward to attempt a comeback.
It seemed as though Madison Doll was going to add an insurance goal in the 83rd minute for LA Tech when she was taken down in the box and given a penalty kick. Her attempt went wide of the post.
With less than two minutes remaining, Doll had another chance and this time she made the most of it as she drove down the left wing and beat the keeper 1-on-1 to seal the league victory.
The lone senior on the squad, Caitlin Updyke, had a terrific night in goal as she came up with six crucial saves to notch her fifth shutout of the year.
"[Caitlyn] has gotten better working with Josh [Wagenaar]," Sherry said. "Her communication is better. Her early decision-making is better and she's got such safe hands that nothing drops."
UTEP finished with a 13-8 shot advantage.
LA Tech closes out the weekend at home on Sunday versus Southern Miss at 1 p.m.
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