Updated Sep 15, 2006 08:40:07
Lady Techsters Open Home Stand
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team will host Arkansas State at 7 p.m. Friday in Joe Aillet Stadium in a game the team is hoping can serve as a catalyst for the remainder of the season.
The Lady Techsters (3-3-0) opened the year 3-0 and have lost their last three matches, two of them by one goal. The team is hoping five consecutive home games, starting with Arkansas State (0-6-0), can help get them back on the winning side and working towards achieving one of their biggest goals for the year.
“We need to make a statement for this program. We want a winning season, and we need come away with two wins this weekend in order to help towards our winning season,” said sophomore Brook Kelly. “We did well last weekend, but we didn’t show what we did with wins. This week we need to show what we did with the score and with the outcome.”
Tech lost a heart-breaker to Arkansas 2-1 in overtime and followed with a 1-0 loss to Missouri State at the Lady Razorback Classic last weekend. This weekend, Tech returns home to the friendly confines of Aillet Stadium and a brand new surface.
Friday’s match will be the first sporting event played on the newly installed FieldTurf at the stadium, and the team is excited about the addition. Kelly said the players have been adjusting to it in practice this week and are looking forward to defending their territory.
“We’re very excited for the home game being at the stadium. The game against SFA wasn’t really a home game because that was a Ruston High this here on Tech turf,” Kelly said. “This is home turf and we’ll be battling it out looking for two wins at home. This will be a good battle and we’re playing two good teams this week. They’re gonna give us a run for our money.”
Tech will also host Southeastern Louisiana at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Coach Jen Burns said the new surface plays differently than most players are accustomed to, but before too long her team should have a real home field advantage.
“The ball bounces a little bit different. If you kick the ball with backspin, it stays. If you kick a normal ball in, it has a true bounce,” Burns said. “It’s a definite adjustment, but I’m hoping by our fifth game on it against Utah State we’ll have a big advantage on it.”
Friday's game will be aired on KLPI 89.1 FM with Binni Keleta calling the action. To hear the latest on Lady Techster soccer don't miss Keleta's sit-down chat with Coach Burns that will run during halftime.
If you can't catch the action on the radio, follow this link to hear the game streamed live over the Internet: http://www.shoutcast.com/sbin/shoutcast-playlist.pls?rn=114447&file=filename.pls