Sept. 7, 2011
RUSTON, La. - After finishing the adidas Gamecock Soccer Classic 1-0-1 with matchups against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State, the Louisiana Tech soccer team returns home on Friday to face Stephen F. Austin at 4 p.m. on Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
"This is the toughest non-conference game we are going to play," head coach Kevin Sherry said. "It will be a test with all of our injuries and small squad to see how we can survive."
With the two shutouts in Jacksonville, Ala. the Lady Techsters have shutout their past three opponents, the second time this season in which they have held the opposing teams scoreless in three straight games. The six shutouts this year are tied for the fourth most in single season with the record being 10 set in 2008.
Sophomore Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) is credited with five of the six shutouts and her career total has now reached 12, tying her with teammate senior Cat Buchanan (Shawnee, Kan.) for the most in program history. The other scoreless game is credited to the team as all three goalkeepers saw action in the LSU-Shreveport matchup.
On offense, the Lady Techsters have taken 127 shots for an average of 18.14 per game to lead the Western Athletic Conference. Senior Olivia Lukasewich (Woodbridge, Ontario) leads Tech in points with seven, goals with three and is the only player to score in multiple games this season while sophomore Taylor Dennis (Albuquerque, N.M.) paces the squad with three assists
Stephen F. Austin
The Ladyjacks lead the series 3-2 with the home team winning every match-up. To go along with a 2-1 victory in 2010, SFA won 7-2 in 2007 and 2-0 in 2005. Tech had victories in 2006 (2-1) and 2008 (2-0).
In the preseason SFA was selected to finish first by both the coaches and sports information directors of the Southland Conference
After beating UTEP 1-0 on Sept. 2, the Ladyjacks improved their record to 2-2-0 after falling to SMU (2-1) and Tulsa (1-0) on the season's opening weekend and beating Oral Roberts (4-0) in week two.
"They are a team of talented, balanced and coordinated players that are going to give us trouble," Sherry said. "We are definitely, 100 percent, the underdogs in this game because they are one of the top teams in the region."
Chelsea Raymond leads the squad with two goals on 15 shots, 12 of them on goal. SFA has also had Becky Johnson, Brenda Salazar and Breanne Vernon score a goal apiece. Kylie Louw is credited with three of the team's four assists with the other assist going to Christie Hinojosa.
Goalkeeper Lacey Lee has started all four games this season, stopping 17 shots and allowing only three goals for a 0.79 goals against average.
In his second season, head coach Tony Amato has compiled a 15-7-2 record and is the seventh head coach in the program's history.
Live Stats of the game will available through GameTracker with a link available at the top of the page. LA-Tech All-Access members can view a live video feed of the game and Lady Techster fans on Twitter can follow soccer contact Phillip Pongratz at www.twitter.com/LATechPPongratz for updates during the game.