Lady Techster Soccer Team Recognized as Most Improved in Nation
March 12, 2009
RUSTON -- According to the NCAA, the 2008 Louisiana Tech women's soccer team was the most improved squad in the nation.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be classified as being number one in the nation in any category," Tech head coach Kevin Sherry said. "All the credit must go towards the players, who have worked so hard for this honor. Their commitment to each other and to the sport has been amazing to witness and be a part of.
"I am also very happy for the graduating seniors, who can now leave the program with pride, knowing they contributed to something very unique on a national level, while they played soccer at Louisiana Tech."
The Lady Techsters improved by 8.5 games in one season along with only three other schools in the country: Minnesota, Texas State and Washington.
"Both of my previous teams at Graceland University and Western Illinois were recognized as being one of the most improved programs in the nation," Sherry said. "But to now be the number one most improved team is something I will treasure for the rest of my life. It vindicates and justifies everything we have done to turn this program around, and it will act as a tremendous springboard for future success. There are so many people to thank for making this possible. Hopefully, they know who they are."
After the Lady Techsters finished their 2007 season with a record of 2-14-1, they experienced their most successful season in the program's five-year history under second-year head coach Kevin Sherry. In 2008, Tech finished with an overall record of 10-5-5.
Their 10 wins on the season established a new school record. The team also set a new shutouts record with 10 as they held their opponents to zero goals in nine of their 10 victories.
Along with several of the ladies either shattering or tying numerous individual records, the team recorded the most assists (9) and points (25) and tied the record for most goals (8) in a single-game. Several other team records were also set, including most goals (49), fewest goals allowed (18), assists (40) and points (138) in a single-season.
Louisiana Tech was the only Western Athletic Conference school listed among the most improved teams.
The NCAA determined the number of games improved by adding the difference in victories between two consecutive seasons to the difference in losses. Then, that figure was divided by two. Ties are not included in the formula.
2008 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Most Improved
Radford 9 10 0 14 2 6 6.5
Siena 8 9 1 13 2 4 6
South Florida 2 14 1 7 8 3 5.5
Central Michigan 8 10 0 12 5 3 4.5
Providence 3 14 1 6 8 3 4.5
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