Aug 29, 2013
RUSTON - For the second straight season, the Louisiana Tech soccer team will travel to Troy, Ala. to participate in the Trojan Classic this weekend at the Jesse H. Colley Track/Soccer Complex.
The first matchup pits the Lady Techsters versus host team Troy on Friday at 3 p.m. The second match takes place on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 12 p.m. against South Alabama.
The inexperience of LA Tech (0-2-1) has shown its teeth in the first three games of the 2013 season with no wins or goals to their credit yet, but head coach Kevin Sherry is confident that a re-emphasis on technique and the fundamentals will produce positive results.
"We have gone back to the basics of striking and controlling the ball," said Sherry. "I am confident that once these fundamental skills are added to the athleticism we already have, then and only then will we have a team which can challenge. We hope to see it very soon."
This weekend will be another stiff challenge for the squad of 18 freshmen as they take on two more teams loaded with returning starters, a theme that will probably keep reoccurring throughout the year.
Troy (1-1) returns eight starters from a squad that finished 9-10-2 and in sixth place in the Sun Belt last season. The Trojans opened up 2013 with a 3-0 shutout at Alabama State, but most recently dropped a 1-0 decision at Stetson.
South Alabama (1-0-1) has even more experience, returning their entire starting XI. First-year head coach Graham Winkworth has already guided his team to a 3-2 win over Mississippi State.
"I doubt there is a younger team out there than ours," said Sherry. "It is very difficult, but the players are adapting quickly. These young players are gaining valuable playing experience. We must meet the challenge head one with a growth mindset and know we will be stronger for it in the future."
LA Tech leads the series 2-0-1 against having played them to a scoreless draw last season in the same tournament despite outshooting the Trojans 20-5.
The series with USA is tied 1-1 with both wins for each team being lopsided shutouts. They last met on the soccer field in 2011 in Ruston.
Both matches can be followed through the Live Stats links provided on the schedule page.
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