Techsters Lose the Lead and the Match to the Spartans 2-1
Oct. 27, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Midfielder Brittany Beddow's left foot gave Louisiana Tech the early lead, but San Jose State responded with two second period goals to snatch away the 2-1 victory on Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
The second consecutive loss by the same score for the Lady Techsters (12-3-4) brings their conference record to 3-2-2 in a tie for third place with Seattle U, whereas the Spartans (6-11-1) kept their tournament hopes alive with their third win in conference.
The soccer ball spent most of its time around midfield during the first 20 minutes of the match as neither team could generate much forward movement. That was until the 25th minute when the freshman Beddow took a touch and dribbled left to get a clear lane at the net.
Five yards outside the top of the box she let it ripped and drilled it past the diving keeper for her sixth goal of the season and the early 1-0 lead. Sophomore midfielder Andrea Weng was credited with her second assist of the year
Both teams would only combine for four more shots until halftime came. LA Tech came into this match with an 11-0-0 record when scoring first, but their lead would quickly fade away when three minutes into the second period San Jose State's Amanda Heins scored the equalizer that was deflected by LA Tech keeper Corina Brown, but the ball managed to hit the inside of the post and bounce in.
The Spartans would continue to apply pressure to every Lady Techster with possession, and that pressure paid dividends for them in the 65th minute when Brown could not corral the loose ball in the eight-yard goal area and the Spartans' Alyssa Montejo fended off the LA Tech defenders to take the touch for the go-ahead goal.
Five corner kicks and a header that drifted just over the crossbar with under a minute remaining would be the only close chances the Techsters would have to try to tie the match up. The loss was the first time all season LA Tech dropped a match after scoring first.
"We fought hard after the second goal but it was too late," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "This team needs to be motivated by external factors such as conceding goals before showing a desire to win."
Sherry and Co. will now turn their attention to the WAC-leading Utah State Aggies in the last regular season match. The Lady Techsters are winless in the eight-year history against the conference opponent.
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