July 17, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will face lots of familiar foes during the non-conference portion of their 2013 schedule, but once the Lady Techsters kick off their inaugural C-USA season many first ever meetings will take place.
LA Tech's campaign opens up on the road against LSU on Aug. 23 with many more road challenges around the corner as the schedule consists of 13 of the 20 matches away from Ruston.
The schedule is tough because there are no easy games in NCAA Division I soccer," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "Being on the road so much will certainly help toughen the players up, which is important. It doesn't get much tougher than playing at LSU on day one."
The second match of the season is the home opener against Central Arkansas on Aug. 25 which will be the first ever night match at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex under the newly installed lights.
The Lady Techsters will put on their traveling shoes once again as the next seven matches will be on the road starting at Jackson State, followed by their renewed appearance in the Trojan Classic Tournament in Troy, Ala. versus host team Troy and South Alabama.
In-state matchups at ULL, McNeese State and Grambling State, as well as a return game at UALR, take place before LA Tech returns home to round out the non-conference schedule versus Southern.
"Playing on the road to other Louisiana programs is always tough because of the local rivalries," said Sherry. "This is what we need to prepare for October and conference play."
Having played all 10 non-conference opponents at least once before in the program's nine-year history, the schedule then shifts to 10 Conference USA games with seven of those teams being unfamiliar faces.
"Having developed the program to be competitive in the WAC and then to be put into the soccer powerhouse C-USA is going to be a challenge," said Sherry. "C-USA soccer is very strong."
Soccer fans will have a lot more opportunities to see LA Tech in action during October, beginning with a home weekend of Marshall and FIU on Oct. 4 and 6, respectively.
Sherry and Co. will travel to Middle Tennessee for a one-match weekend before returning home again for two games against UTEP (Oct. 18) and Southern Miss (Oct. 20).
Next up, another daunting road task awaits Tech in C-USA foe and 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Colorado College, followed by a return to UTSA that saw the Lady Techsters pull out a 1-0 overtime thriller last season in San Antonio with a player down.
The regular season concludes with a home match versus Rice on Oct. 31.
Rice Soccer Stadium in Houston, Texas will serve as the host site of the C-USA Women's Soccer Tournament on Nov. 6-10.
The Lady Techsters report for fall practice on Aug. 7.
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