Oct. 19, 2012
RUSTON - On a very windy afternoon at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex, Louisiana Tech and Seattle went the full 110 minutes in their first ever meeting to end in a scoreless tie.
The draw pushed the Lady Techsters (12-1-4) unbeaten streak to 11 games and kept them in second place in the current WAC standings with a conference record of 3-0-2. The Redhawks (7-7-2) remain in the middle of the pack with a conference record of twos across the board at 2-2-2.
The scoring chances were few and far between, especially for LA Tech as they were without their leading goal scorer Emily Brennan who was forced to sit out the match after receiving a red card in last Sunday's contest versus UTSA. Nevertheless, head coach Kevin Sherry was impressed with the soccer displayed on both sides.
"I thought it was a great game of soccer," said Sherry. "They were technically a little bit better than us, but overall that was a wonderful display of soccer."
In Brennan's place at the front of the formation was fellow forward Laura LeFevour. The speedy freshman played all but the last four minutes of overtime, and her speed almost gave the Lady Techsters two penalty kicks as she was fouled just outside of the 18-yard box twice. Neither free kick amounted to a score.
"With Emily not being able to play, Laura had to give almost the whole game, even overtime, but she's getting fitter and fitter so she was able to go longer," said Sherry. "You can't fault the effort, and not just her, the whole team. The commitment and dedication was something that is a joy to watch."
The Redhawks were able to keep possession of the ball for the majority of the match, but the stiff LA Tech defense clamped down as they have done all year to not allow any open looks at the net.
Aside from their six corner kicks that delivered heart-pounding moments for the energetic Lady Techster fans on hand, the closest Seattle came to finding the net was in the 14th minute when their star player Stephanie Verdoia had a one-on-one with goalkeeper Corina Brown, and Brown stood her ground to deny the goal, one of her four on the day.
Not only did the wind play tricks on the ball, but the setting sun provided extra problems for the players as well.
"It is one of the more technical games that we played, and Seattle came out hard and we played with them," said defender Lindsay Brough. "The wind was rough the first half, then it died down and then we had to deal with the sun the second half so it really came down to making sure we had good shape and stayed organized."
The senior went the distance for the defense, as did the other senior Mo Rockwell, in what was their 12th shutout of the season and their second to last home game played on their home field.
Both players hail from Salt Lake City, Utah where they grew up playing for the same soccer club team. The duo have played a tremendous part in the success of the LA Tech soccer program, both ranking in the top five in minutes played. They will look to go out with a home win versus Idaho on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.
"I'm really going to miss the program and the people here," said Brough. "It's going to really weird playing that last game knowing that it's going to be last time I play on this field."
Even though her last home game is fresh on her mind, clinching a spot in the WAC Tournament and going for the conference title is still priority number one for Brough and the Lady Techsters.
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