Lady Techsters Fall to Spartans 2-0
Oct. 23, 2011
SAN JOSE, Calif. – After going to halftime scoreless, the Louisiana Tech soccer team surrendered two second half goals to fall to reigning regular season conference champion San Jose State 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
“To go on the road and dominate the reigning WAC champions in the manner we did was awesome,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “We just lacked a striker to finish our opportunities, which is a problem we have had since preseason. I feel sorry for the team because they gave so much for the cause.”
The Lady Techsters drop to 8-7-4 overall and 1-5 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Spartans improve to 5-10-1 and 3-1-1 in conference.
SJSU first goal came late in the 52nd minute when Kelsey Lord headed in a cross from Amanda Martin that was stopped by a Tech defender but was ruled to have crossed the line.
In the 72nd minute, Maria Esquivias redirected a shot from Sarah Fraser in to the back of the net for a 2-0 Spartans lead.
The Lady Techsters outshot SJSU 19-16 with nine of Tech’s shots being on goal. Senior Olivia Lukasewich (Woodbridge, Ontario) had a game-high five shots with four of them on goal while senior Scotti Culton (Waterloo, Ill.) and sophomore Taylor Dennis (Albuquerque, N.M.) took four shots apiece.
Sophomore Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) started her 18th game in goal this season recording four saves to increase her total to 72 on the year. She now has the fourth highest save total in a season by a Tech goalkeeper.
The Spartans’ Catherine Ruder paced the team with four shots, two of them on goal, and Kelsy Holm took three shots. Megan Maiwald started between the posts and stopped nine shots.
The Lady Techsters returns home to face Hawaii on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at Lady Techster Soccer Complex on senior day where Tech's seven seniors will be honored before the game.
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