Updated Sep 5, 2006 08:26:06
Lady Techsters fall to Golden Eagles
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team could follow what coach Jennifer Burns called the biggest win in team history with a repeat performance. Instead, the Lady Techsters fell 4-0 at Southern Mississippi on Sunday afternoon.
Tech (3-1-0) trailed early as Sarah McFadden scored 3:27 seconds into the game for Southern Miss (2-1-1). McFadden scored just 11 minutes later on a breakaway opportunity. McFadden added an assist to her resume on a Carly Barkley goal in the 19th minute, and Jessica Stephens scored just before halftime to lead 4-0.
Burns said her team simply did not come out with enough intensity to win the match.
“I think it’s hard for a team coming off of a big win,” Burns said. “You see it happen to football teams all the time. We just came out flat.”
The signs of the Lady Techsters not building off their 2-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on Friday appeared early to Burns and assistant coach Rich Stoneman.
“We could tell we weren’t as focused as we were Friday,” Burns said. “I didn’t expect it to take a whole half to get into the game.”
Tech had 13 shots to Southern Miss’ 24. Twelve of the Golden Eagles’ shots were on goal. Six of Tech’s were on target to give goal keeper Christina Duvall six saves.
Jill Medigovich played the first half in net for Tech and had two saves. Nicole Didier played the second, registering six saves.
Tech held off the Golden Eagles and their attack in the second half and played better soccer than the opening stanza. Burns said the game could have been closer if her team played the entire 90 minutes like it did the final half.
“It’s a young team and this is a good lesson to learn early in the season,” Burns said. “I hope it’s something we only have to learn one time.”