Oct. 20, 2013
RUSTON - The earliest a goal had ever been scored by a Louisiana Tech player was 41 seconds.
That record was broken on Sunday evening when freshman forward Kathryn Sloan netted a goal just 11 seconds into the match to propel the Lady Techsters to a 2-0 win over Southern Miss at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
LA Tech (9-7-1, 4-3-0 C-USA) is now riding a three-game winning streak and has won four of their five matches, all coming in conference play. The Golden Eagles (6-5-4, 0-5-2 C-USA) dropped their fourth straight match after being shutout for the sixth straight time.
"It wasn't a good team performance, but that start was what we needed," head coach Kevin Sherry said. "I think we were all mentally and physically tired from Friday, but we just got the job done. That is the sign of a good team."
The Techsters took the opening possession to start the game and Brittany Beddow, as she customarily does, sent the ball into the left corner. However, the USM left defender had trouble controlling the ball and Kathryn Sloan cut in to take possession back.
Sloan quickly beat the first center back and when the second center back came up to challenge she pushed the ball to the right inside the 18-yard box where she shot it with her left foot back across the keeper into the left hand side of the net.
With just 11 seconds into the match, the individual effort by Sloan gave LA Tech a super quick 1-0 lead on what was her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The previous record for earliest goal was held by assistant coach Kiva Gresham who set the mark in 2008.
It was not long before the Lady Techsters tallied their other score of the day. In the 11th minute after Annabel Prior was fouled at the top of the box, she tapped the free kick to her left to Brittany Beddow who drilled a shot past the wall.
USM's keeper was unable to fully control it as she reached up for the ball and before she got two hands on it the head referee awarded the goal saying it crossed the line.
It was the third goal of the season for the sophomore from Keller, Texas.
The LA Tech defense, anchored by Caitlin Updyke, held firm the rest of the way to seal their third straight shutout and the weekend sweep.
LA Tech had a 19-7 shot advantage and a 4-0 corner kick advantage.
With three games remaining in Conference USA play, each one will be pivotal as the Lady Techsters aim for a top-five finish in the west division to qualify for the league tournament.
"We know how important it is to get one more result so we will take each game as it comes and hope for the best," Sherry added.
The first of those three matches will be on Friday, Oct. 25 when LA Tech travels to take on west division leader Colorado College at 4 p.m.
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