Oct. 30, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech soccer team fell to Hawaii on a penalty kick in overtime Sunday afternoon at Lady Techsters Soccer Complex. Prior to the game, the Lady Techsters' seven seniors, Cat Buchanan (Shawnee, Kan.), Brittany Coffinbargar (Springfield, Ill.), Scotti Culton (Waterloo, Ill.), Rachel King (O'Fallon, Mo.), Olivia Lukasewich (Woodbridge, Ontario), Amy Quintana (Wheaton, Ill.) and Chelsea White (Lucas, Texas), were recognized for their accomplishments the past four seasons on the field.
"All the seniors did great today even with all the obstacles they had in front of them," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "They tried and gave everything they had and deserve a lot of credit."
Tech ends the season 8-8-4 overall and 1-6 in Western Athletic Conference play. Hawaii improves to 5-11-1 and 4-2-1 in the WAC.
The Lady Techsters had a chance to take an early lead in the 12th minute when Culton sent a cross into the box that King headed into the back of the net. King was ruled to have been offside, negating the score.
"I wanted that one really bad," said King. "It killed me that it was called back but I kept trying to create opportunites."
After going into halftime tied 0-0, Tech started the second half with two quick chances in an 18 second span in the 47th minute.
King had the first opportunity, taking a shot from just inside the penalty box that Hawaii's goalkeeper Kanani Taaca had to dive to stop. After a Rainbow Wahine turnover in their end, sophomore Emily Brennan (Plano, Texas) dribbled into the penalty box and took a shot that Taaca was just able to deflect with her finger tips to keep the game scoreless.
The contest became very physical afterwards with both team's combining for 30 fouls in the second half and overtime period.
"It was very physical game," Culton said. "They were pushing us and we were pushing back. I think it was just the intensity of the game and it was a great game to go out showing that we can be just as physical as any other team out there."
In the extra period, Hawaii's Skye Shimabukuro was taken down in the penalty box resulting in a penalty kick that she put home for the golden goal victory in the 98th minute.
"We were determined, focused and just had fun and played for each other and the team today," said Lukasewich. "Sometimes you can get wound up in things and forget you play for the team. You have this roller coaster ride of emotions that stops now on the field but continues off the field."
The Lady Techsters outshot Hawaii 13-7, including 11-3 in the second half and overtime. King led the team with a season-high four shots, all of them on goal. Culton and Lukasewich both took three shots apiece with Culton placing two on goal.
Sophomore Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) started her 19 game of the year between the posts, stopping two shots.
For Hawaii, Michelle Nakasone and Krystal Pascua paced them with two shots each, while Taaca had eight saves on the day with six of them coming in the second half.
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