Updated Oct 6, 2004 14:11:45
Tech Soccer Falls to Centenary
SHREVEPORT - Louisiana Tech goalie Jade Berbert recorded a school record 21 saves but the Lady Techster soccer team fell 4-0 to Centenary in Shreveport Tuesday night.
Berbert, who bested her own school record of 20 saves registered against McNeese State Sept. 12, stopped 12 shots in the first half and nine in the second half as Centenary (6-3-1) out-shot Louisiana Tech 22-1 in the game.
"We actually played really well tonight," said Tech head coach Jen Soileau. "They had a penalty kick in the first five minutes of the game that Jade made a nice save on. The only goal they scored in the first half, Jade made a bit of a mistake on; it was just unlucky for us."
Centenary's Breanne Fletcher scored the game's first goal at the 15:50 mark of the opening half as she drove down the right side and scored on a shot from about 18 feet out. Behind Berbert's strong effort in the net, the Lady Techsters (0-5) held the Ladies scoreless the rest of the first half.
However, the second half was the same story for the Lady Techsters, who only have 15 players on the roster this season.
"I thought we played a good first 20 or 25 minutes in the second half and then ran out of legs," Soileau said. "Unfortunately, we had a few minor injuries where some of the girls had to come out and we just ran out of gas."
Centenary made the score 2-0 at the 55:35 mark on an unassisted goal by Tara Sageser from the right side. Again, Tech's defense held tough before allowing two goals in the final 20 minutes of play.
Soileau singled out the effort of two of her players in the game. "I thought Keona Collins played really well," she said. "This was the first time she has played sweeper for us and she did a good job. I also though Shan (Hildreth) played well. All of the girls worked really hard tonight."
Tech has a break until it returns to action Oct. 8 at Jackson State.