Oct. 19, 2008
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech had one-goal leads twice in the second half but couldn't hold them as Nevada tied the Lady Techsters 2-2 in Western Athletic Conference soccer action Sunday at Ruston Junior High School.
Tech (10-3-4, 0-1-3 WAC) took a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute on Rachel King's second goal of the game but the Wolf Pack wouldn't quit. Nevada (1-11-3, 1-2-1 WAC) mounted one last offensive attack and Jill Erickson tied the game when she found the back of the night after a flurry of action in front of the Tech net.
"I'm not disappointed," said Tech head coach Kevin Sherry. "It was be easy to be disappointed because we had the game won. We all knew it. But we are a young team and we have to learn how to see the game out.
"I was pleased how we responded in overtime. Most teams would have gone into overtime feeling sorry for themselves and would have let the other team win. We didn't. We fought through. We should have won but that's the beauty of soccer. It's so dramatic and you never know what's going to happen."
The two teams played the opening 45 minutes without scoring as they combined for only seven shots in the entire first half.
However, the second half was a different story.
King gave Tech a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute of the game as she hammered home the first goal on an assist from Hikari Kurokawa.
It took the Wolf Pack only 16 seconds to tie the game up though as Cristen Drummond scored on an assist from Ellie Stott.
The game remained 1-1 until the 86th minute when King struck again for her second goal of the game and her seventh of the season. Amy Quintana was credited with the assist on the goal which gave the Lady Techsters the lead.
"We made some changes, especially in the second half," Sherry said. "The key factor for us was Brooke Lanie coming in. She is a very intelligent soccer player and she started making us tick offensively."
Tech keeper Cat Buchanan recorded eight saves in the game.
Tech returns to action Friday at San Jose State.