Updated Sep 13, 2004 08:25:43
Techsters Fall to McNeese 3-0
Louisiana Tech dropped its second road-match of the season to the McNeese State University Cowgirls by a score of 3-0 in Lake Charles on Sunday.
While the Lady Techsters (0-2) may not have won the contest, head coach Jen Soileau knows how important game-by-game improvement is for her first-year program.
"We played hard in our first game (referring to Friday's match against UL-Lafayette)," Soileau said. "We just ran out of legs. Today we were still a little tired from Friday, and we didn't play as well. This was a game we could have won if we had the same effort, but the intensity level wasn't the same."
Junior goalkeeper Jade Berbert recorded nine saves in Friday's contest against the Ragin' Cajuns, and Berbert was once again solid in goal for Tech against McNeese (2-3) also, as she registered 20 saves to keep the Lady Techsters in the match.
"Jade had a great game," Soileau said. "She was our player of the game, and without her it could have gotten ugly. If everybody played with the same intensity as Jade did, we would have had a different result."
Three McNeese shots did manage to cross the goal, and Audrey Smith led the Cowgirls with two goals and one assist. Smith's first goal came 21 minutes and 37 seconds into the contest, and her second came at the 73-minute mark. Ashley Viscariello added the third goal 24 minutes into the game.
Tech will play its first of only two home matches Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Field against Northwestern State University, and Soileau looks forward to giving Tech fans a glance at their first-ever soccer team.
"It'll be good for us to come home, and we need fan support," Soileau said. "That would give us motivation for the intensity we need, and it will be nice to represent Tech at home. We have a tough schedule with so many road games. So it'll be great to get some rest from the road and play at home."