Oct. 4, 2012
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech soccer team will face a Rocky Mountain of a task tomorrow when they host top-25 ranked (Soccer America) and preseason WAC favorite Denver Pioneers at 4 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The two schools have never met before on the soccer field, but with the addition of Denver to the Western Athletic Conference, the Techsters will kick off their WAC opener and put their 5-0 home record on the line against the mighty Pioneers who are currently riding a 12-game unbeaten streak at 9-1-3 and have beaten the likes of TCU, Kansas, Colorado and then No. 15 Portland.
"[Denver's] roster is a who's who of youth soccer powerhouses in the nation, and our team is excited about the prospect of playing against some of the best players in the country," said head coach Kevin Sherry whose team enters with a 9-1-2 record and a six-game unbeaten streak.
LA Tech and Denver are ranked one and two in the WAC in almost every offensive category. The Techsters also have the top-ranked defense which has given up only four goals the entire season resulting in eight shutouts so far. The backline of Mo Rockwell, Lindsay Brough and Mette Rudolfsen, and goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke will get their stiffest test in trying to slow down the power and speed of the Pioneers.
"The better players in the female game are better because they are faster and more powerful than others," said Sherry. "We know we are technically as good as anyone but it is always a struggled for us physically against these bigger schools, and it is something we have been stressing this year."
Denver is led offensively by junior forward Kristen Hamilton who has tallied eight goals and two assists on the season. She recorded a hat trick in the 3-1 victory over Portland, receiving WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors and CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week for her performance.
"We are all really excited about playing the highest ranked team LA Tech has ever played against because there is no pressure on us and we can just go out there to play our own game," said Sherry. "This will be a tremendous learning experience for the players, and I encourage everyone to come out to watch the game."
LA Tech All-Access subscribers can listen to and watch a live video stream of the game by logging on through LATechSports.com, the official website of Louisiana Tech Athletics. Live stats will be available through the link provided on the schedule page. Twitter users can get updates of the game as well by following @LATechSOC.