Sept. 15, 2012
RUSTON - For the third time this season, Louisiana Tech will come off a Friday victory and then take to the road the following Sunday. So far the Techsters are 1-0-1 in such games and will look to go for the weekend sweep tomorrow as they travel to Hammond, La. to take on Southeastern Louisiana at 1 p.m.
The last meeting between the intrastate schools was last season when the Techsters came out on top 2-1. That win evened the series at 2-2 as the home team has taken the W every time. Tech hopes to change that trend tomorrow against a Lions team that has a 5-2 record and is currently on a four-game winning streak.
Another trend Tech hopes to break is SELA's dominance of Louisiana teams. Within that winning streak for the Lions are convincing wins over UL-Monroe and UL-Lafayette.
To do that Tech will have to contain one of the top goal scorers in the country in Maiya Cooper. She has already accumulated 16 points (seven goals and two assists) in just seven games played. As a team Southeastern Louisiana is averaging an astounding 3.29 goals per game. LA Tech is not far behind though with a goals per game average of 2.89 after their 4-0 shutout of Jackson State yesterday.
Needless to say we could be in for an offensive shootout. An advantage Tech may have on offense though is the number of players who can strike a goal at any moment. The Techsters currently have five players who have scored at least three goals (led by junior forward Emily Brennan with four) and three others who have at least two goals.
Nevertheless, the defenses and keepers will be crucial in this match in trying to contain both attacking offenses and limiting as many scoring opportunities as possible.
For Tech, who has only allowed three goals all season (tops in the WAC), the backline of Mette Rudolfsen, Mo Rockwell and Lindsay Brough will need to continue their defensive prowess in order to come out on top.
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