Posted Sep 19, 2006 16:14:39
Louisiana Tech Soccer Ready to Face Demons
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team plays its third game of a five-game home stand Wednesday against Northwestern State. The Lady Techsters take the field with the Lady Demons at 5 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium in a match Tech coach Jennifer Burns said her team is ready to play.
“They’re definitely excited. Northwestern was our first game last year and it was a rough one,” Burns said. “We get them on our field at home this time and I think they’re psyched about it.”
Last year Tech lost to Northwestern State 3-0 to open the season and fell 5-0 in the team’s inaugural season. Tech (4-3-1) is looking for its first win over Northwestern State (4-5-0), and Burns said this is a matchup that has potential to be a big game every year.
“I think this is a game we could get a good rivalry going with,” Burns said. “They’re only an hour-and-a-half away, and we’ve played them each year. I think this could be a really good game.”
After not scoring a goal in four matches, the Lady Techsters scored three goals against Southeastern Louisiana in the first half Sunday. Burns said getting the win was important to get back on track and more importantly it showed her team can come from behind and take advantage of scoring chances.
“Sunday we found a way to win and put the ball in the back of the net. We have to continue to do that and be able to hold onto a lead,” Burns said. “We need to work on getting a lot of opportunities and capitalizing on them, and we did a good job of that Sunday. I hope we’ve got that drought of not scoring any goals out of our system and we can keep scoring.”
Tech has been plagued by injuries off and on during the season and been forced to play with a short bench. Doing so, has made the Lady Techsters a tough team, and Burns said her team has a kind of character you can’t teach because of it.
“This team plays with so much heart and passion,” Burns said. “A lot of schools when they scout us, might think because we only have 13 position players right now that we are going to struggle at the end, but they gut it out and play hard. I would rather have these kids with heart than have 18 kids that don’t have that quality in them.”