Updated Sep 15, 2006 22:23:13
Lady Techsters Tie with Arkansas State in OT
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team could not get the edge against Arkansas State in their match Friday night at Joe Aillet Stadium. The Lady Techsters snapped their three-game losing, but could not get the win with a 0-0 tie in overtime.
Tech coach Jennifer Burns said she was pleased with how her team gutted it out in overtime but wants to see her team step up in the clutch.
“We played hard tonight we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Until we can do that we’re not going to win any games,” Burns said. “I was proud of them for their effort and their intensity. They played hard and played with a lot of heart, but eventually we’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net.”
The Lady Techsters (3-3-1) dominated their match statistically with 23 shots to Arkansas State’s (0-6-1) six. Eight of Tech’s shots were on-goal, and Arkansas State had two on target.
Sarah Chovanec led Tech with seven shots and one on-goal. Emily Cleaveland had three shots and two on-goal. Goal keeper Jill Medigovich had two saves in her second shutout. Ryan Haney and Laura Williamson each had four shots in the contest.
The game got physical with the two teams battling for position on the ball throughout the contest. A total of 27 fouls were called and four yellow cards were handed out by the officials.
Burns was glad to see her team battle with Arkansas State, but her team strayed from a few parts of the game plan. She hopes to correct that in Sunday’s match with Southeastern Louisiana.
“We weren’t getting what we needed to do,” Burns said. “We’re still young, and hopefully we learned a lesson from this. Hopefully, we learned that it doesn’t matter how much you dominate or how much heart you have if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net. You still got to do that to win. It’s not a loss, which is good, but it’s not a win and we would have liked to get a win tonight.”