Techsters Lose 1-0 at Hawaii, Prepare for Spartans
Updated Oct 14, 2006 09:15:51
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Louisiana Tech made its first trip to Hawaii for a soccer match and lost by just one goal to the Rainbow Wahine 1-0.
The Lady Techsters (4-6-2, 0-2-0) entered the half with Hawaii (8-6-2, 2-1-0) tied with no score. The match was relatively even statistically with Tech having two shots and Hawaii with six.
Shortly into the second half, Hawaii would gain the advantage with an unassisted goal by Kelli-Anne Chang in the 60th minute. The goal was Chang’s sixth this season and fourth game-winner.
In the second half, Hawaii’s defense was able to put a lockdown on Tech’s offense and the Lady Techsters did not get a shot off in the second stanza. Hawaii, however, tried to pour it on Tech but could not.
Seven of Hawaii’s nine shots on goal came in the second half, but Tech goal keeper Jill Medigovich would not allow another goal get by her. She recorded seven saves in the match to raise her season total to 58.
Despite the loss, the 1-0 result is a sign the Techsters are improving in the WAC and are making a push. After last week’s 2-1 loss to Utah State, coach Jennifer Burns said losing by just one is a great difference from last year.
“Last year they felt a little out of their league in the WAC,” Burns said. “This year I think they realize they’re right there with everybody else, and it should be a battle.”
The Lady Techsters will finish their road trip at San Jose State on Sunday afternoon. They will take on the conference leading Spartans at 4:30 p.m. in a match Burns said will be a different kind of challenge for her team.
“Everybody in this conference, anyone can beat anybody on a given day,” Burns said. “It’s the second part of our trip, but I think we have just as good of a chance against them as anybody. The biggest thing for us is preparing for the two teams in one week because they play a lot differently than Hawaii.”