Updated Oct 13, 2006 15:01:53
Lady Techsters Head to Hawaii
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech soccer team makes its first journey to Hawaii this weekend for a match with the Rainbow Wahine at 11 p.m. Friday night. Traveling to the paradise in the Pacific Ocean, the Lady Techsters are looking for their first ever conference win as well.
“The girls are real excited. For a lot of them, going to Hawaii was one of the reasons they signed with us,” coach Jennifer Burns said. “Hopefully, we can go out there and play good soccer and not just go to Hawaii and be a little unfocused. I think we’ll be fine.”
The Lady Techsters (4-5-2, 0-1-0) will attend a luau on the trip and visit Pearl Harbor, something Burns said she believes will help her team by allowing some down time on the long trip.
“I think as a staff we have to do a good job of letting them experience Hawaii a little bit and helping them understand that now it’s game time,” Burns said. “I think if they get to have a little fun while they’re out there, they’ll be ready to play. They know the reason they’re going out there.”
Hawaii (7-6-2, 1-1-0) enters the match after spending the last four matches on the road. The Wahine went 1-3 on the journey, falling to conference foe Boise State 3-2 and defeating Idaho 4-0.
Tech comes to Hawaii after losing to Utah State to open conference play. Sophomore forward Denise Wilson scored Tech’s first goal in WAC play in the game. Getting the team’s first goal in a conference match has lifted a weight off the Techsters’ shoulders, and Burns believes it has added confidence to her team.
“Getting the goal is big for the girls; they know they can do it now, and I think they’re going to build on it,” Burns said. “Throughout the year we’ve been doing more and more things that have given us more and more confidence like coming from behind, scoring on good teams, beating good teams, and I think they’re more confident in where they are.”
After the match with Hawaii, Tech travels to face the San Jose Spartans. The Spartans currently sit atop the conference standings at 2-0 in WAC play entering the weekend.