Updated Sep 18, 2006 10:16:57
Lady Techsters Claim 3-2 Win
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team corrected its mistakes from Friday and came up with a 3-2 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Coach Jennifer Burns said her team took advantage of its opportunities and was proud of how her team battled back from being a goal down, especially after playing 120 minutes Friday.
“Today was a big day for us. We’ve never come back from being down a goal,” Burns said. “We’ve never come back to tie, never come back to win. We gave in the early goal, I think we just let it in. It was a mistake on our part, and we came back and scored three goals in the first half.”
Tech (4-3-1) trailed early after giving up a goal to Candice Wallace on a goal Burns said was her team’s fault. Then Emily Cleaveland tied the match approximately 13 minutes later.
From the right corner, Cleaveland hit a cross shot that found the left-hand corner of the goal from an almost impossible angle for her fifth goal of the season. Cleaveland assisted Brook Kelly in the 35th minute to take the lead. It was Kelly’s fourth goal of the year.
Just two minutes later, freshman Utibe Akpaninyie recorded her first career goal on a header to give Tech a two-goal lead heading into the half.
Burns said seeing her team come from behind and score three goals in the first half is promising because it shows her team is maturing as the season progresses.
“That was a good sign of where we’re going. I was excited that the team played well,” Burns said. “They capitalized on their chances. We didn’t have as many chances, but we had three goals. It was a step in the right direction as far as shots on goal.”
Tech’s next match will be with in-state rival Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home.