Nov. 1, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - An unfortunate own goal by Louisiana Tech in the second minute of play proved costly as the No. 4 seeded Lady Techsters fell 2-1 to No. 5 seeded Seattle in the first round of the WAC Tournament at the Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field hosted by Utah State.
The loss put an end to an impressive season by LA Tech (12-5-4) who was picked to finish last in the conference preseason polls. Seattle (9-8-2) moves on to the semifinals to take on No. 1 seeded Utah State.
"The ladies played tough, but just didn't have the luck today," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "I am proud of them. They had a great season and we went down fighting."
The last time the Techsters and Redhawks met on the soccer field, it was a defensive match with very few scoring chances. The game would go scoreless the full 110 minutes of double overtime.
This time there were two goals scored in the first three minutes of action.
The Redhawks quickly received a corner kick from the near corner and delivered it into the six-yard box where the ball was deflected off a LA Tech player into the net giving Seattle a sudden 1-0 lead.
Panic did not set in as LA Tech immediately responded with the equalizer only a minute later when junior midfielder Paige Dunn sent a cross to a sprinting forward in freshman Laura LeFevour who chipped it over the keeper and in for her fourth goal of the season.
The ball remained steady in the midfield for the majority of the first period until halftime came with the match knotted up 1-1.
Seattle held a 6-4 shot advantage and a 5-3 corner kick advantage for the first 45 minutes of action.
The Redhawks came out of halftime collapsing hard on the possessors and forcing LA Tech into their own field to create more opportunities for their strikers like Stephanie Verdoia.
After a foul was called on the Lady Techsters along the far sideline, the Redhawks Mary Hill pushed the ball off a free kick to Verdoia who put a glancing header past the LA Tech keeper Corina Brown in the 60th minute for what would be the game-winning goal.
"Set plays were our downfall," said Sherry. "Bigger, stronger teams live off these opportunities."
LA Tech would generate a couple more shots on goal including a header off the corner of the six-yard box by freshman forward Rosie Lethbridge who's shot was saved by the outreached hands of the Seattle keeper.
Despite the four-game losing streak to end the season, the young Lady Techster squad produced a lot of firsts in the 2012 campaign.
The defense set new records for fewest goals allowed (15) and most shutouts (12). Also for the first time in program history, the team swept a conference road weekend.
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