Oct. 11, 2012
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech soccer team looks continue their eight-game unbeaten streak when they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on Texas State tomorrow in their first night match of the season at 7 p.m.
The Lady Techsters (10-1-3) are off to their best start to WAC play in program history after posting a 1-1 tie versus preseason favorite Denver and a 1-0 win against New Mexico State this past weekend.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools as conference foes, but will actually be the fourth time they've battled on the soccer field. The Kat Conner-led Bobcats (5-9-1) have a 2-1 edge in the all-time series, and all three matches have been decided by one goal, including last year's game which resulted in a 1-0 victory for Texas State in overtime.
Ball control has been key to LA Tech's success this season, especially on defense where they have only allowed five goals all season and have nine shutouts to their credit. The stout backline continues to limit the amount of space that opposing strikers have to create scoring chances.
"The back line has a lot of senior leadership and this always makes a difference," said Sherry. "We have only two seniors on the team and they play at the back which gives the team a lot of stability."
The Lady Techsters will aim to slow down Tori Hale who is the centerpiece to the Bobcats offense with four goals and six assists on the season. Hale has her team at 2-2 and in third place so far in WAC play, posting convincing victories over Idaho and San Jose State.
Following the match Friday night, LA Tech will make the one hour bus trip to San Antonio where they will take on UTSA on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Roadrunners (2-9-2) struggled in non-conference but have turned the page since beginning their first season as members of the Western Athletic Conference. Two draws and a win have them right in the middle of the WAC pack with three more weekends still left to be played. Maria Jose Rojas leads the team offensively with two goals and three assists.
This will be the first ever meeting between these two programs who will continue their new rivalry heading into Conference USA next season.
"This weekend will be a key weekend with regards to our chances of making the end of season tournament," said Sherry. "A positive result from one of these two games will set us up nicely for the end of season push. It will be tough because both teams are very good and road games are alwaSteys the most difficult."
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