Aug. 30, 2012
RUSTON - Two road games down, two more to go in this four-game road stretch that has seen the Louisiana Tech soccer team travel north to Conway, Ark., south to Pineville and now east to Troy, Ala. to participate in the Trojan Classic at Troy University.
The Sherry-led Lady Techsters will take their 4-0 record into the four team tournament at the Trojan Soccer Complex that also includes Stetson, Jacksonville State and host school Troy with a trophy on the line. Each squad will play two matches earning three points for a win and one point for a tie, and the highest points earner will be tournament champions.
Tech will face Troy on Friday at 3 p.m. and in a quick turnaround will play Jacksonville State on Sunday at 3 p.m. From now on, the rest of the schedule plays out in this same grueling Friday-Sunday rotation for this freshman-heavy roster.
"Playing college soccer involves getting used to the physical and mental aspects of the game as much as anything," said Sherry. "Our young team has to learn how to travel and play two games in a short space of time. This weekend is just one short step in the learning process."
Despite Tech's 1-0 victories last year over both teams they'll be facing this weekend, this is a revamped Lady Techster roster with a new identity and chemistry.
In all four of their wins, a different player has risen to the occasion whether it be the savvy veteran Emily Brennan or the international newcomer Rosie Lethbridge. Both are tied for most goals with three, along with Heather Fitzgerald's hat trick from Tuesday versus Louisiana College.
Troy comes into the Friday contest with a 3-2 overall record with wins over Alabama State, Alcorn State and Wofford. Led by fifth year head coach Chris Bentley, the Trojans returned 13 letter winners from a year ago and were tabbed to finish fifth in the Sun Belt conference preseason poll. Cecilia Thorngren leads their team this season with three goals and four assists.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville State comes into this weekend riding a three game winning streak and an overall record of 3-1. Courtney Hurt leads the Gamecocks with three goals on the early season.
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