Tech Soccer Wins Fifth Straight
Updated Sep 15, 2005 15:49:58
The Lady Techster soccer team won its fifth-straight match with an 8-1 victory over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Joe Aillet Stadium tonight.
Tech freshman forward Emily Cleaveland scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season less than 13 minutes into the contest. Head coach Jen Soileau decided to allow players deep on the chart to see valuable playing time by starting the match against UAPB, and the Lady Techsters' defense sputtered one time early in the contest.
UAPB (2-2) forward Trina Fletcher caught up with a ball that went over the top of Tech's (5-1) defense to take a shot at Tech freshman goalkeeper Nicole Didier, who was making her second career start. Fletcher's first shot was blocked by Didier, but the ball bounced right back to Fletcher, as she kicked it in to tie the score at 1-1.
The goal ended Tech's streak of four shutouts and nearly 400 minutes without giving up a score. But the Lady Techsters' defense did not allow another shot after the goal, and Tech's offense responded with a flurry of attacks.
The Lady Techsters rattled off 32 shots and allowed only two shots from UAPB for the match, as Tech scored six more times to increase their lead to 7-1 at halftime.
Kat Peters scored Tech's second goal, before Kathleen McCullough netted the third goal. Then, Hayley Smith and Denise Wilson each scored two goals in a span of only four minutes to close out the half.
The Lady Techsters slowed the pace in the second half, as Tech's only goal came from sophomore Candace Novak, which was her first goal of the season.
Didier started at goalkeeper for the Lady Techsters, but freshman Chrissy Haisler substituted in between the posts to finish the match with 60 minutes played.
Tech will put its five-match winning streak on the line this weekend, when the Lady Techsters travel to the Stephen F. Austin Tournament to play S.F.A. on Friday at 7 p.m. and Texas State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.