Soccer Kicks Off 2017 Season at McNeese State, Texas State this Weekend
Aug. 17, 2017
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team will kick off its 14th year of the program on Friday night when they travel south to take on McNeese State at 7 p.m. at Cowgirl Field.
The Lady Techsters will then head to the Lone Star State on Sunday where they will battle Texas State at 1 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.
Head coach Kevin Sherry, beginning his 11th year at the helm, wanted to challenge his squad early on and the early non-conference schedule is set up to certainly do so. Five of LA Tech’s first six matches will come away from home.
The squad will attempt to have a repeat performance of last year’s road success when they went 8-2 which tied for the most road victories in a single season.
“I wanted to really stack the schedule early on, make it tough,” Sherry said. “That gives us a little more room towards the end of non-conference so we can recover and prepare for conference play. We have a big squad which we are going to have to use.”
LA Tech returns 20 letter winners from a year ago, but the team did lose six key players to graduation who combined for 50 goals, 38 assists and 238 saves. Among those they will have to replace are striker Kathryn Sloan who is the program’s all-time career leader in points and goals and goalkeeper Kylee Seto who ranks second in career save and shutouts.
Up top, Sherry is hoping for a breakout year from junior Mylene Roy-Ouellet who has 11 career goals. Another player who will be relied upon is sophomore Jenna Dages who registered four goals during her freshman campaign.
Meanwhile, it has been a strong battle in net to replace Seto who was a three-year starter. The competition was magnified with Sherry bringing in Mississippi State transfer Courtney Tompkins.
“How the seniors do this year will determine how our season goes,” Sherry said, who returns nine seniors including the C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Nomvula Kgoale. “Usually the equation is, the more seniors you have in your starting XI the better you are going to be because they are socially mature, physically fit and they know the game. This should be a peak year for the program.”
LA Tech trails the all-time series against in-state foe McNeese State, 4-3. The Cowgirls broke the tie last season with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in Ruston. The Lady Techsters have never won in Lake Charles, losing all three meetings with the last one coming in 2012.
The Cowgirls return 18 letter winners from the 2016 season when they finished with a 9-10-1 overall record, tying for sixth in the Southland Conference while advancing to the league tournament semifinals.
The series is even at 2-2 with Texas State. This will be the third straight time the two teams meet in San Marcos. The last meeting came in 2012 with the Lady Techsters shutting out the Bobcats by a score of 2-0.
Texas State returns 17 letter winners, including seven starters, from the 2016 season. The Bobcats are coming off a 6-9-3 season, tying for eight in the Sun Belt Conference and finishing one spot away from qualifying for the league tournament.
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