RUSTON, La. – Two goals by freshman Brooke Lanie early in the second half helped Louisiana Tech cut its halftime deficit in half, but the Lady Techsters could not keep the offensive momentum going as they fell to Boise State, 4-2, at Joe Aillet Stadium on Friday.
Despite the loss, progress continues to be made by the Lady Techster soccer program. Tech’s two goals marks the first time in program history that the team scored multiple goals in a conference match. And while not pleased with the outcome, coach Kevin Sherry said that there were many positives to take from the match.
“We didn’t learn our lesson from the game at Stephen F. Austin (when also faced with an early deficit) until it was too late,” Sherry said. “At halftime, we went back over everything that we’ve tried to learn since then, and it made a difference. We keep reverting to our bad habits, and we’re working to fix that.”
Much as SFA did three weeks ago, Boise State struck early. A second-minute goal by Cheyenne Jones off a nice centering pass from Randi Baker gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead with only 1:10 gone in the match.
Twelve minutes later, another defensive breakdown led to Shannon Saxton scoring her WAC-leading 12th goal of the season to give Boise State a 2-0 lead. That lead grew by another goal at 16:37 when Kaylea Perenon found the back of the net for the Broncos.
Boise tacked on one more when Baker sent another nice cross right in front of the net for Erin Wofford, who beat Tara Gavlak to give the Broncos a 4-0 halftime lead.
“I told the players at halftime to forget about the first half,” Sherry said. “We fixed our problems and it was much, much better.”
It got better in a hurry. Lanie took possession of the ball about 40 yards from the goal and beat two defenders and the keeper to put Tech on the board at 47:41.
Only three minutes later, Lanie broke free from the pack and fired from about 20 yards out. Boise State keeper Michaela Morrison – who had just been inserted at halftime – got a hand on it, but the bounce went Tech’s way and the lead shrunk to 4-2.
Tech had a couple more scoring opportunities, but could not capitalize on its chances.
Lanie now has three goals on the season, which ranks her second on the team behind classmate Kiva Gresham. Lanie’s scores continued the trend of freshmen finding the scoresheet as first-year players have now accounted for nine of Tech’s 10 goals on the season.
"Obviously, I wasn't here last year so I don't have much to compare it to," Sherry said. "But just about every spectator I have talked to and all the officials told me that we looked 100 times better tonight than we did last year. So we are taking big steps in the right direction."
The Lady Techsters conclude their five-game homestand and the opening weekend of WAC play when they host Idaho on Sunday. Kick-off is set for noon at Joe Aillet Stadium.