Updated Aug 31, 2006 21:23:49
Tech soccer hosts SFA
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team is set for its first match in Ruston this season. The Lady Techsters will play host to Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. Friday at Ruston High School’s James Stadium.
The match was relocated to James Stadium due to the installation of FieldTurf at Joe Aillet Stadium not being completed. The field is expected to be finished this weekend.
The Lady Techsters (2-0-0) enter the game with the Ladyjacks (1-0-0) after winning their first season opener in school history 7-0 at Nicholls State. Coach Jennifer Burns is looking to see her squad continue playing well after opening the season with back-to-back wins at the Nicholls State tournament last week and avenge a 2-0 loss to Stephen F. Austin last season.
“Our kids are really excited about the game with SFA. Last year they beat us 2-0 and our kids really played their hearts out,” Burns said. “It’s gonna be a real tough game for our kids. We’re just looking to see our kids play hard and execute a lot of the things we’ve been working on in the preseason and just finish our opportunities. That was one of our weaknesses last year.”
A win over the Ladyjacks would give Tech a head of steam heading into Southern Mississippi on Sunday and would be an important win, according to Burns.
“We’re a young program and we’re looking for that 1-0 win or that 2-0 win. SFA has won their conference the last two years, so they’re a good team,” Burns said. “If we win this game, other than our first win, it’s probably the biggest win in our young program’s history.”
The matchups with SFA and Southern Miss excite Burns and her players. She said her team has been excited in practice about Friday’s rematch with the Ladyjacks. The game in Hattiesburg, Miss., will be another good test in back-to-back games for Burns, and Co.
“I think they are excited about winning last week. They’re just really ready to play a game that’s gonna be a close game. They’re ready for the challenge this weekend,” Burns said. “Both games are gonna help us prepare for our WAC schedule. We’re gonna truly see what our team has and how they compete.”