Aug 26, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will take on their third opponent in five days as they travel to face Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field.
LA Tech (0-2) is still in search of their first win and first goal after being shutout in back-to-back matches to open the 2013 season. It marked the first time since 2007 that the Lady Techsters have gone scoreless and point-less in the first two matches.
"The good thing is we are creating opportunities," stressed head coach Kevin Sherry. "The next step is to make sure our best finishers are in those positions to take advantage of those opportunities. Finishing is a skill which needs time to develop, something these freshmen have plenty of."
There has been an equal amount of good and not so good that has come out of an inexperienced roster with only two upperclassmen. Of the 18 freshmen, 10 of those have seen significant playing time so far.
Freshman striker Madison Doll has one of the most active on the offensive end, leading the team in shots with six and shots on goal with four.
"We regularly have six or seven freshmen on the field at one time with three or four sophomores," said Sherry. "This is a very young team and we must not forget that. They are up against battle-hardened juniors and seniors so mistakes will be made but they will learn from it."
The Lady Techsters went through a lighter practice today to rest their legs in preparation for the match versus Jackson State (0-2) who is also looking for its first win of the 2013 campaign.
JSU is taking their third straight crack at an in-state foe in what will be their home opener. The Lady Tigers previously fell at Southeastern Louisiana 3-1 in the season opener and were blanked 2-0 at McNeese State two days later.
Jackson State is showing steady signs of improvement under 2nd year head coach Dean Joseph. After losing nine straight to start last season, the team rebounded to notch six wins and two draws in the second half of the schedule.
Tomorrow's matchup marks the third straight year the Lady Techsters and Lady Tigers will meet on the soccer field.
LA Tech currently holds a 2-1 series advantage having won the last two matches via shutout, including last season's 4-0 defeat of JSU in Ruston. All four goals came in the second period by four different players.
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