Updated Oct 14, 2005 12:35:57
Lady Techsters Beat Nicholls State 7-0 for Second Win in a Row
RUSTON -- The Techsters’ young soccer team achieved another milestone- scoring a hat trick.
Freshman Emily Cleaveland finished the day with three goals on five shots, making her the first Techster to score a hat trick since the team’s inception last year.
“I was very proud of Emily,” head coach Jen Soileau said. “Two of her goals came off assists from crosses from (freshman) Alex Reinhart. Alex made a great pass and Emily was in the right place at the right time. It wasn’t by accident. She showed great composure by knowing where the passes were going to be and getting them through the net.”
The Techsters struck first in the 32nd minute with a goal from freshman Kathleen McCullough, while Cleaveland followed nine minutes later with her first goal of the day.
The Techsters took the 2-0 lead into halftime and never looked back.
“I was very proud of the way the girls played,” Soileau said. “They knew the gameplan and executed it well. We figured out their weaknesses and exploited them. In the first half they played flat on defense, so in the second half, we came out and started passing the ball higher because we were faster, and we were able to score easier.”
Cleaveland didn’t wait long in the second half to get her second goal in the 45th minute, while Reinhart scored her first of two goals less than a minute later.
Cleaveland completed her hat trick in the 34th minute with a one-timer from Reinhart in the most impressive goal of the game to give the Techsters a 5-0 lead. Less than ten minutes later, Reinhart tacked on her second goal of the day for a 6-0 lead.
Freshman Denise Wilson rounded out the scoring for Tech with a goal of her own from the right side with nine minutes left in the game to give the Techsters the win and final score of 7-0.
The Techsters resume play next week when they travel to Utah State to play the Aggies in Ogden, Utah at 1 p.m.
“Conference play will be a real eye opener for our young team,” Soileau said. “It’s going to be an extremely physical ballgame, and we have to convert our scoring opportunities.”