LA Tech Falls, 1-0, to Colorado College in 2OT
Oct. 25, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Louisiana Tech keeper Caitlin Updyke had a sensational night saving a career-high 12 shots, but Colorado College was able to sneak a cross over her head two minutes into the second overtime period to come away with a 1-0 win over the Lady Techsters on Friday afternoon at Stewart Field.
LA Tech (9-8-1, 4-4 C-USA) was able to push CC (12-3-1, 7-0-1 C-USA), currently the top team in Conference USA, into a scoreless draw in overtime, but the Tiger's Kaeli Vandersluis hit a cross that looped over Updyke into the back left corner from 25 yards out.
"We took one of the best teams in the nation right to the wire," head coach Kevin Sherry said. "To lose in double overtime to a miss-hit was heartbreaking. We are all very proud of the team tonight."
Colorado College held the LA Tech offense without a single shot in the first period, but scoring opportunities presented themselves late in the second period.
Sophomore Brittany Beddow had three cracks at a potential game-winning goal in the final 12 minutes but could not get it past the opposing keeper.
The Tigers nearly had the match won with just one minute left in regulation when they were awarded a penalty kick, but Sarah Schweiss hit the ball low and hard and it clanked off the left post, sending the match into extras.
The best chance of the day though for LA Tech came in the 92nd minute of the first overtime when freshman Madison Doll received a through ball, but the ball sailed on her over the crossbar.
CC connected on its first shot in the second overtime to remain unbeaten at home this season.
The 12 saves by Updyke tied for the third most ever by a Techster keeper and was the most since Oct. 14, 2005 when Chrissy Haisler recorded 15 saves versus Hawai'i.
The Lady Techsters will regroup for their next match, a 1 p.m. kickoff at UTSA on Sunday.
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