Updated Aug 25, 2005 15:40:43
Lady Techsters To Kick Off 2005 Soccer Season
Julie Hadzic (7) is one of only two returnees for the Lady Techsters.
Louisiana Tech's soccer team kicks off its second season Friday as the Lady Techsters take to the road to face Northwestern State University.
The game will start at 7 p.m. at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex in Natchitoches, La. The complex is located near Turpin Stadium, behind the Walter Ledet Track and Field Complex currently being renovated.
Louisiana Tech went 0-10-2 in its inaugural campaign, but with a full season under her belt and time to find and add a solid group of new recruits, Lady Techsters coach Jen Soileau feels excited about the upcoming season.
"Last season was tough without having a lot of time to recruit and starting a new program from scratch," Soileau said. "But that's behind us now and we're just excited and ready to play someone else after practicing against each other for two weeks."
Tech has only two returnees this season in junior defender/midfielder Julie Hadzic and sophomore midfielder Laura Williamson.
"The two returnees know it's a new season and the newcomers are ready to help make a fresh start," Soileau said. "We're young and with so many new players, we're still looking for chemistry, but that's going to come with game experience. We've made great improvements since our first preseason practice and we'll continue improving and hopefully get things rolling good by the time conference play begins."
Louisiana Tech opens its home season on Sunday by playing host to Mississippi Valley State at 1 p.m. The Lady Techsters begin Western Athletic Conference action on Oct. 9 with a 1 p.m. contest at Utah State.
But right now, the Techsters are firmly focused on Northwestern State, which went 11-11 last season and is the preseason Southland Conference favorite.
"I'd just like to see a good showing from our team," Soileau said. "We'll get to see our strong points and weak points and get an idea of the things we need to work on to get better. We're working hard and would love to get off to a great start against Northwestern State."
NSU soccer game tickets cost $3 for general admission and $2 for children 5-12 years old.