Updated Sep 20, 2006 20:09:45
Lady Techsters Fight Demons to Draw
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team could not get its first win against Northwestern State and battled with the Lady Demons through overtime to a scoreless tie.
It was the second time in three matches the Lady Techsters played to a 0-0 draw, but coach Jennifer Burns said she was more pleased with how her team played Wednesday rather than Friday.
“Northwestern’s a great team. Hopefully, that gets us ready for conference play,” Burns said. “A 0-0 tie, it’s a decent result for us. I was more happy with this draw than Arkansas State. It was just a lack of focus there. This was more of a battle and we played much better.”
Burns said she was extremely happy with how her defense played. Tech’s (4-3-2) back line moved the ball back and forth and switched field well throughout the game against Northwestern State (4-5-1).
“We were getting our outside backs in the attack; we were getting shots off; we were getting crosses,” Burns said. “My back line played awesome. They played really well and I’m proud of them. We were so organized. They played the best game they’ve played all year.”
Both teams had scoring chances with breakaways at the goal, but Tech’s Jill Medigovich and Northwestern State’s Krystle Donaldson both came up with saves.
Medigovich made a save with less than a minute to play in the second overtime and remained on the ground after a collision. Northwestern State’s Kayce Schultz won the ball from two Tech defenders and got a shot off. As time expired the ball rolled just left of the goal to ensure the draw. Medigovich (3-3-2) recorded six saves in the contest and her second shutout in three matches.
Sarah Chovanec led Tech with two shots, both on goal. Emily Cleaveland had three shots, and a host of Lady Techsters took one shot.
The Lady Techsters would liked to have come away with a win over their in-state rivals, but Burns said a draw will do, especially considering how well the match was played on both sides.
“It was a great game. I thought we had the better of the play. I thought our kids moved the ball around really well. We executed the things we’ve been talking about all week,” Burns said. “It’s probably one of the best games we’ve put together.”