Updated Sep 23, 2004 14:24:03
Lady Techsters Still Searching For First Win
A gritty Tech defense stifled Southeastern's high-powered offensive attack for much of Sunday's soccer match, but the Lady Lion's eventually wore down the Lady Techsters late to take a 5-0 win over Tech at the Southeastern Soccer Complex.
The loss dropped the Lady Techsters' record to 0-3 on the season, but Tech's head coach Jen Soileau was proud of her team's effort and determination throughout the match.
"I'm happy with our team's effort today," Soileau said. "This was our best game yet as far as effort. We held Southeastern to one goal for the first 68 minutes and actually dominated them defensively in the first half. Before the game I could tell our team was excited to play, and it was in the air that we would do better."
The Lady Lions (4-3) quickly jumped on top of Tech with their first goal coming in the second minute of play, but the Lady Techsters clamped down defensively and didn't allow a goal until the 69th minute, when the Lady Lions scored a controversial goal to go up 2-0.
The goal seemed to knock the wind out of Tech's sails, as Southeastern would go on to score three more times to finish with the five-goal win, but Soileau says the Lady Techsters' are enduring each game better defensively because of gradual increased conditioning and stamina.
"We got tired toward the end of the game," Soileau said. "We're playing better defensively later in every match. In the next couple of weeks, we hope to be a 90-minute team and give ourselves a better chance to win. What we did today was a great accomplishment. The score doesn't show how well we played."
The Lady Techsters did get six shots, two shots on goal, and Shaundra Hildreth nearly scored Tech's first goal of the season, as her shot cleared Southeastern's goalkeeper but bounced off the goalpost. Although the shot did not go in, the near goal gave Tech a boost of a energy.
"We got a taste of what it's like to score with that shot by Shaundra," Soileau said. "We came out more excited to play offensively."
The Lady Techsters are still looking for that elusive first goal, as well as the program's first-ever win, and Tech will look for that win at Arkansas State University on Friday at 4 p.m.