Updated Aug 23, 2006 10:07:12
Lady Techsters Shutout Grambling State
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team defeated Grambling State 3-0 in the Lady Techsters’ lone exhibition of the 2006 season.
Head coach Jennifer Burns and her squad held the Lady Tigers scoreless with stifling defense and took advantage of well-timed passes for the victory.
“One of the things we did well was we finished our chances we did have,” Burns said. “There were times we possessed the ball well. There were possessions of good soccer, and we just need to piece that together.”
Laura Williamson scored the first goal of the match after making a move around Grambling State’s goal keeper to take a 1-0 lead in the first half. Last year’s leading scorer, Emily Cleaveland scored Tech’s second goal with an assist from Amy Wolsted and Denise Wilson. Wolsted centered the ball to Wilson, who then forwarded the ball to Cleaveland before she scored.
Tech led 2-0 at the half, and Burns said she was pleased with her team’s play in the opening stanza but saw room for improvement.
“We were running a new system and it was, it was good to see those things and clear up some of their questions,” Burns said. “I thought we could tackle a little bit harder. We didn’t come up with the ball in a few situations. That was something we need to do a much better job of. We’re still trying to figure out this new system.”
Wilson scored the third goal of the match off an assist from Cleaveland. With a defender behind her, Cleaveland headed the ball backwards over her defender and gave room for Wilson to chase down the pass. Wilson outran the defense and put the ball in the bottom-left corner.
Goal keepers Jill Medigovich, Nicole Didier and Tara Gavlak combined for the shutout. Gavlak stopped Grambling State’s best scoring chance of the contest when she charged forward to stop a shot in a one-on-one situation.
“I liked to see some of the chemistry develop. Some of the freshmen are really starting to fit in,” Burns said. “All our goal keepers did a good job, and it was good to see our back line is definitely comfortable with them. It’s important to start off on a good note. Lots of room to improve but not a bad place to start.”
The Lady Techsters begin the regular season Friday when they travel to Nicholls State for a tournament. Tech plays Nicholls State at 4 p.m. Friday and Prairie View A&M at 11 a.m. Saturday.