THIBODAUX, La. – The Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters dominated their match with Prairie View A&M on Saturday statistically in a 4-1 win with 68 shots.
Tech (2-0-0) had numerous scoring opportunities in the first half tallying 35 shots but scored just one goal when sophomore Brook Kelly scored in the 22:55 mark. Tech’s offense commanded the first half as the Lady Panthers only offensive chance came on an intercepted pass.
Prairie View’s Olivia Washington intercepted a pass from Tech goal keeper Tara Gavlak. Washington battled with Meagan Davis and got a shot off that got by Gavlak who had slipped on the muddy field. Heavy rain began to fall during warm ups and did not stop until near halftime.
The score was knotted at 1-1 at the halfway point.
The second half proved to provide more scoring chances for Tech as the Lady Techsters again dominated the game offensively. Maintaining possession the majority of the time and not allowing Prairie View A&M (0-1-0) to take a shot in the second half.
Tech coach Jennifer Burns said she was glad to see her offense keep the ball away and the defense shut down any possessions the Panthers had, but she would liked to have seen her players put more balls in the back of the net.
“We had plenty of opportunities, and my defense played pretty well. We had just one meltdown,” Burns said. “What it comes down to is finishing the opportunities we have because when we get to WAC play there’s no way we’re gonna have 68 shots.”
Lightning delayed the match in the second half after Friday’s contest with Nicholls State was delayed 45 minutes at the start. After the delay, the rains returned briefly and Tech took advantage of three more scoring chances.
Emily Cleaveland scored her first of two goals on the day when Kelly kicked a pass out to Cleaveland near the top of the box and Cleaveland hit the eventual game-winning goal. Later in the second half, Ryan Haney knocked a shot off the cross bar, and Kelly put the rebound in to go up 3-1.
Cleaveland scored her second goal in the 77th minute, and Tech completed its dominating win. Burns said starting the season off with two wins is huge for the team, and she saw where her team needs to improve in its contest Saturday.
“With all the rain delays this weekend, I don’t think we knew how to react to that and didn’t handle it properly,” Burns said. “All in all it was a good start to the season and I hope we can expand on what we learned here. It’s always great when you can learn something and still come away with a win.”
The Lady Techsters play their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday against Stephen F. Austin at Joe Aillet Stadium.