Seniors Help Deliver 3-1 Win in Regular Season Finale
Oct. 27, 2017
RUSTON – All nine seniors for the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team started on Friday night in their final game at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The fireworks got started early for LA Tech (13-2-5, 6-1-3 C-USA) with Hervey putting two headers into the back of the net in the first eight minutes of action.
However, Southern Miss (6-9-3, 0-7-3 C-USA) still have plenty of fight despite already being mathematically eliminated from the Conference USA Tournament.
The Golden Eagles sliced the deficit in half by intermission and had several close opportunities to equalize in the second half. The Lady Techsters were able to tack on an insurance goal late by Laque to seal the teams 13th overall win this season and run their unbeaten streak to eight.
“Southern Miss was really good tonight,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “They gave us a lot of problems which can be a good thing, knowing that we still have some things we need to solve going into the conference tournament. If we had not of had that two-goal lead, who knows how the match would have played out.
“The senior class played well for us tonight. They have been the most complete class I have ever recruited in terms of commitment and work ethic and belief in what we are doing. It is sad to see them go, but I am glad they are leaving a huge legacy behind.”
In the sixth minute, it was a classic cross by senior Monica Gebler into the box that was headed inside the far post by Hervey that got the Lady Techsters on the scoreboard.
A little over two minutes later, almost the same exact play happen. This time it was sophomore Jenna Dages who ran down the ball and crossed it into the six that was headed inside the far post again by Hervey, sending the crowd into frenzy.
LA Tech had all the moment, but a costly fumble by senior goalkeeper Faith Washington in the 18 allowed USM’s Ola Akinniyi to slice the deficit in half with a shot into the open net.
The Golden Eagles gained a lot of confidence and momentum after that which carried into the second period where they registered 12 total shots.
They were inches away from equalizing in the 70th minute when a shot got past Washington who came off her line, but freshman Elizabeth Doll ran it down and cleared it before it crossed the goal line.
The defense fought off more long balls and breakaways, but the team finally pushed the ball forward into the attacking third and received a corner kick with 10 minutes to go.
After a header from Doll was blocked, senior Lisanne Kleygrewe sent another shot on goal which was also blocked but the head referee whistled a hand ball. A penalty kick was awarded to LA Tech. Taking it was none other than Laque who converted her sixth career PK.
Each team registered a total of 16 shots and five corner kicks. Washington picked up her fourth win this season in net, recording five saves.
With the victory, LA Tech increased its point total to 21 which puts them in second place in the conference standings after all of tonight’s matches. Pending the results of Sunday’s game, the Lady Techsters can finish anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4.
The C-USA Tournament gets underway on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Boca Raton, Florida.
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