Oct. 18, 2012
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech soccer team will look to increase their unbeaten streak to 11 games tomorrow evening when they take on WAC opponent Seattle at 4 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The Lady Techsters (12-1-3) come into the contest having won three consecutive conference matches for the first time in program history, putting them second in the WAC standings behind defending champion Utah State.
To continue their impressive run and their hopes of clinching a spot in the WAC Tournament in Logan, Utah in November, they will have to regroup from an exhausting road trip to Texas last weekend and regain their focus for a Redhawks (7-7-1) squad who currently sits fourth in the WAC and can score goals in a hurry.
"It will be a real test of character to see how our team responds from such an emotional and grueling road trip in Texas last weekend," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "Seattle is a very good team littered with some of the top players from the northwest, a hotbed of good soccer."
While the Lady Techsters are coming off an impressive sweep over Texas State and UTSA, the Redhawks are coming off a disappointing weekend that saw them drop two matches to Utah State and San Jose State, both by scores of 2-1.
The stout LA Tech defense will again be called upon to stop one of the top offensive players in the country in Seattle striker Stephanie Verdoia who has eight goals on the season that ranks second in the WAC.
"Their stand out player is of course their forward Stephanie Verdoia who plays at a different level to almost all the teams playing in the WAC," said Sherry. "She is an outstanding player who will give our defenders a real challenge but that is how we must confront this problem, as a challenge and not get caught up in any negative thoughts of fear."
The youthful squad of LA Tech, who has yet to lose a game at home this year, will continue to rely on a mature group of freshman that have stepped up in recent matches to make game-changing passes, goals and saves.
After junior goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke went down in the conference opener against Denver, freshman Corina Brown has stepped in for three consecutive shutouts. When leading goal scorer Emily Brennan was ejected from the game after receiving a red card, freshman forward Laura LeFevour delivered the game-winning goal despite a player down.
"Our ladies have enjoyed the challenges presented to them this season and this game is just an example of one more," said Sherry.
LA Tech All-Access subscribers can listen to and watch a live video stream of the game by logging on through LATechSports.com, the official website of Louisiana Tech Athletics. Live stats will be available through the link provided on the schedule page. Twitter users can get updates of the game as well by following @LATechSOC.