Northwestern Downs Tech 5-0 in First-Ever Home Soccer Match


Updated Sep 15, 2004 09:17:53
Northwestern Downs Tech 5-0 in First-Ever Home Soccer Match


The Lady Techster soccer squad came home road weary and searching for their first win in program history with a match against Northwestern State University, but the Demons' talent and stamina proved too much for the Lady Techsters, as the Tech lost 5-0 at the Lady Techster Soccer Field on Tuesday.

Northwestern (2-5) struck quickly from a Natalie Waguespack header off of a corner kick 33 seconds into the game. Tech (0-3) then settled down and played strong defense throughout the first half until Tara Powasnik scored on a breakaway in the 44th minute to up the Demons lead 2-0.

With only three substitutes, several of the Lady Techsters endured the entire game, and while Tech's head coach Jen Soileau was proud of her team's effort, she knows they must improve on conditioning.

"We played a good game, but we have to work on fitness for the second half," Soileau said. "I told the team most goals are scored in the first and last five minutes of the half, and we have to come out and play harder in those times."

By keeping fresh legs in the game, Northwestern continued applying pressure offensively on the Lady Techsters in the second half, and Julie Zavala opened the new stanza with a goal for the Demons. Zavala would later score her second goal of the contest after Marliese Latiolais scored Northwestern's fourth goal.

Tech's junior goalkeeper Jade Berbert once again had a stellar performance with 10 saves and five blocks. The Tampa University transfer has now recorded 39 saves in only three contests.

The Lady Techsters' only shot on goal came from Keona Collins, and the 225 in attendance cheered for the effort and representation from Tech's first soccer team.

Tech's next match will be at Southeastern Louisiana University on September 19 at 2 p.m.