LA Tech Shuts Out UAB, Clinches Spot in C-USA Tourney
Oct. 22, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the fourth straight season, the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team has qualified for the Conference USA Tournament after clinching a spot on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 shutout victory over UAB at BBVA Compass Field.
LA Tech (12-2-5, 5-1-3 C-USA) dominated for the majority of the match, creating numerous scoring opportunities. They were finally able to find the back of the net in the second half on a header goal by sophomore Jenna Dages.
The Lady Techsters picked up their eighth road win of the season, tying a program record, in handing UAB (11-3-3, 5-2-1 C-USA) its first home loss of the year.
“All teams spend a lot of time in game preparation, scouting how we play, so we like to mix it up with our style of play to keep the opposition second-guessing,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “The greatest compliment I have for my team is how adaptable they are. The players easily move from one system to another and can utilize any style of play we ask them to do.
“Today, we were very flexible in our game management and I believe this gave us the edge we needed. UAB caused a lot of problems and we had to reshuffle the pack to keep us in the game and still have a threat going forward. This was a big win for us.”
The match was scoreless at halftime, but LA Tech generated numerous scoring chances. They ended up having a 10-3 shot advantage through the first 45 minutes with six Lady Techsters registering shots.
The most dangerous ones came from senior Kailee Hervey who sent a low rocket from 30 yards out that required a diving save by the opposing keeper and from senior Hannah McStay-Fenn who received a deflected ball and sent a shot from close range, but it was saved as well.
It appeared as though they were going to get on the scoreboard three minutes into the second period when Au’Dresha Spates had a 1v1 opportunity in the 18, but yet again the Blazer keeper kept it out of the net.
LA Tech finally struck though in the 66th minute. Hervey had great composure dribbling through the midfield. The ball eventually went to senior Nomvula Kgoale who sent a pass to the corner that was crossed by senior Monica Geber.
The cross was placed perfectly into the six where Dages went up high and buried the header. It marked her 10th goal of the season, becoming just the fourth Techster in program history to register double-digit goals in a single season. For Gebler, it was her team-leading sixth assist.
From then on, LA Tech put 10 players behind the ball and kept the Blazers from getting off any clean scoring shots to produce the shutout.
The Lady Techsters ended up with a 16-6 shot advantage for the entire 90. Each team recorded one corner kick.
Redshirt senior Faith Washington got the start in net and needed just one save to record her third victory at keeper.
After sweeping the road weekend, LA Tech will take its 18 points (currently third place in the league standings) into the regular season finale on Friday, Oct. 27 versus Southern Miss. Senior night will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
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