Updated Oct 7, 2006 09:56:48
Lady Techsters Open Conference Play
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team begins conference play this weekend when the Lady Techsters play host to Utah State at noon Sunday at Joe Aillet Stadium. It is a match the Lady Techsters have had circled on their schedules for some time after going 0-7 in the WAC last year.
Coach Jennifer Burns said her team is well aware of what happened last year in conference play when the Techsters failed to score a goal. This year, Tech is looking to rite the ship early in WAC play.
“The girls realize they are much better than they were last year. They know what’s at stake and they want to prove to the rest of the conference they deserve to win,” Burns said. “These kids have been voted to come in last. Last year they were 0-7 and didn’t score a goal. I think they have their own motivation to show teams that it’s not going to be an easy win and they need to take us seriously.”
Utah (5-7-0) enters the match after losing to Utah Valley State at home Friday night 2-1. It marked the seventh consecutive match decided by one goal for the Aggies. Last year, Tech (4-4-2) fell on the road to the Aggies 2-0. The conditions for this year’s match up will be completely different, however, and Burns believes it could be a big home field advantage.
“When we went out there, we were in Under Armor and it was cold. Thursday in my truck it said it was 102-degrees. Welcome to Louisiana,” Burns said. “I’m just excited that we’re starting off at home and that we’re playing one game on the weekend and we can focus on that one game.”
With Tech’s last match being last Wednesday at Centenary, the Lady Techsters have had more than a week to prepare physically and mentally for conference play. The rest has allowed the team to reflect on what has happened on the field this year and compare it to last year.
In only their third year of existence the Lady Techsters have grown by leaps and bounds, and Burns said she is looking forward to seeing her team continue to show signs of improvement in the WAC.
“We see flashes of brilliance in this team. I’ve been saying the last couple of weeks they’re on the verge of being a great team when they play as well as they can. It’s up to them,” Burns said. “I told them if you win your first conference game, that it sends a message to everyone that voted you last. Maybe this isn’t an easy win and teams are going to have to start preparing for you more. But until you get that win, they have no reason to think otherwise.”
Sunday’s match will be broadcast on 89.1 KLPI with live stats on latechsports.com at http://www.latechsports.com/livestats/xlive.htm.
The Lady Techsters can also be seen on WAC.TV. Beginning with Sunday’s match against Utah State, all of Tech’s home soccer matches are available on the Web site for a small fee.
WAC.TV is a new service offered this year by the conference that enables you to watch sporting events on your computer through your internet connection. For more information or to register for the service visit www.WAC.tv. The service requires a high-speed DSL or cable internet connection and Windows Media Player or another program capable of playing streaming video.