RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech soccer coach Jennifer Burns said Friday’s 2-0 loss to Fresno State was because of two mistakes, other than the mishaps it was a good night for the Lady Techsters.
“I was happy we spent a little more time in their half of the field. I don’t think the stat sheet shows the time we spent down there,” Burns said. “We didn’t get shots off, but we were down there threatening on their side.”
In the 12th minute Amanda Reyes scored on a cross from Nicole Gutierrez for Fresno State (10-5-1, 4-0-0 WAC) to take the early lead. The Bulldogs kept threatening in the first half with 13 shots, but Tech goal keeper Jill Medigovich had eight saves in the first half to keep the Lady Techsters (4-8-2, 0-4-0) in the game and 11 total.
Fresno State scored its second goal of the match on a free kick by Antonea Lugo from just outside the box. Lugo slipped a shot left of a defensive wall set up by Tech and past a diving Medigovich. Burns said both goals were small mistakes that proved to be all the Bulldogs needed.
“We gave up a goal off a cross early in the first half. One of our girls lost her mark, and they made us pay,” Burns said. “On the other goal, I think our wall moved and they sipped that one in. There’s nothing Jill could do about that one.”
Burns said she was not surprised Fresno State came up big when the two opportunities arose for the Bulldogs.
“The goals we gave up they’re disappointing,” Burns said. “At this level that’s what they do well is they make people pay for their mistakes, and that’s what Fresno State did tonight.”
Tech threatened in the second half pushing the attack and getting five shots. All of Tech’s shots, however, sailed high or just wide of the goal. Sophomore forward Emily Cleaveland also had two breakaway chances but was tripped up as she broke through Fresno State’s backline. Denise Wilson led the attack with four shots for Tech.
With the scoring chances Tech had, Burns said she was pleased to see her team play well against a team ranked as high as No. 23 in the nation earlier in the season. The effort showed the team had moved on from the 5-0 loss to San Jose State and is one bounce away from getting Tech’s first conference win.
“I think the team really bounced back from last Sunday really well. We changed some things and the kids did a good job of adjusting,” Burns said. “Fresno is a great team; they’re undefeated in WAC. I thought it was a pretty good match for us. The girls are disappointed they didn’t get the result, but they’re close.”
Tech takes on Nevada in its final home match of the season at noon Sunday at Joe Aillet Stadium.