Posted Apr 20, 2005 18:24:02
Tech Soccer Head Coach Jen Soileau Releases 2005 Schedule
After the Lady Techster soccer squad hit the road for 10 of their 12 games in the 2004 inaugural season, Tech head coach Jen Soileau and Co. will have a new role in 2005 - hosting 12 of their 20 opponents in Joe Aillet Stadium.
“I’m excited about this schedule and the fact that we have so many home games,” Soileau said. “Last year we had good turnouts at home games, and I’m excited that we get to play in the football stadium. That’s a good field, and it’ll create a good atmosphere.”
Tech will enter its second season in school history with a match up against the Northwestern State University Lady Deamons on August 26, and Soileau hopes the Lady Techsters can start the season with a win over the in-state foe.
“Last year we lost to Northwestern 5-0, but we need to start the season off well when we go there,” Soileau said. “It’ll be fun to play under their lights, then come home for Mississippi Valley State and a four game home stand. A lot of these teams we played away last year but will play at home this year.”
The schedule includes a trip to the Stephen F. Austin Tournament on Sept. 16 and 18, but also the start of Western Athletic Conference matches. The Lady Techsters did not play any WAC matches in their inaugural season but have seven WAC opponents slated for 2005, beginning on Oct. 9 at Utah State.
Tech will then host Hawaii and San Jose State, before traveling to Fresno State and Nevada. Then, the Lady Techsters will end the season with Idaho and Boise State.
Four of the seven WAC contests will be played in Joe Aillet Stadium, and Soileau said her team now has postseason hopes to play for.
“We’re excited about starting WAC play,” Soileau said. “We’ve never played a WAC team. Rich (Stoneman) nor I have ever played or coached against a WAC team, but we have the opportunity to go to a conference tournament and have something to play for.”
Not only will Tech get to play in the WAC for the first time, but Soileau is confident her team has the depth, talent and stamina to compete for wins deep into the season.
“I feel like our team will do well with this schedule,” Soileau said. “These kids are used to playing club soccer, where they might play four games a week. They also play high school soccer. For them to play 20 games in this time span isn’t hard. They’re used to training and playing at a high level. Last year we were limited on players, but this year we have 24 kids and a lot of depth. Everyone we have coming in wants to play and will work hard to get in the game.”