THIBODAUX, La. -- A 7-0 victory over Nicholls State (0-1; 0-0) on Friday afternoon marks the first time the Louisiana Tech soccer team (1-0; 0-0) won its season opener. The win also was sophomore Denise Wilson?s first career hat trick and ties a school record held by sophomore Emily Cleaveland for most goals scored in a game.
The Lady Techsters defeated the Lady Colonels by the same mark last season, and Cleaveland helped start them off with a goal in the 20th minute on an assist from Amy Wolstead. Wilson followed less than a minute later with her first goal, unassisted.
Tech coach Jennifer Burns said Wilson did exactly what the team needed in its season opener to get things off on the right foot after a 45-minute lightning delay before the match.
?Denise really came out and provided a spark for us,? Burns said. ?That?s just what we needed today to come out here with some fire and get a win.?
Wilson scored her second goal 12 minutes later with an assist from Caitlin Crawford to lead 3-0 at the half.
Tech dominated the first half not allowing Nicholls State to establish any offense. The Lady Colonels had just one shot in the first half and totaled five for the entire match.
Freshman goalkeeper Jill Medigovich played the whole match in net to mark her first career shut out.
In the second half, the Lady Techsters began to strike from far away.
Sara Chovanec scored two goals from the top of the box when she put two shots in the top-left corner of the goal.
Freshman defender Meagan Davis scored in a similar manner from the far left wing and hooked a shot into the top right corner of the net.
Wilson scored the final goal of the match at the 75:54 mark with an assist from Brook Kelly.
Burns said she was happy to start the season off with a win and reach another milestone in the program?s history with a season opening victory.
?It?s very important to win your first match of the season because you want to have that good feeling early in the year,? Burns said. ?It?s a confidence booster for the team, and we have to carry it into the match with Prairie View A&M Saturday.?
Tech and Prairie View A&M hit the pitch at 11 a.m. Saturday in the first time the two teams will have met.