Oct. 20, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech soccer team looks to get back into the win column this weekend after dropping a defensive battle to Idaho this past Sunday with two Western Athletic Conference games in California. First up for the Lady Techsters (8-5-4, 1-3 WAC) will be the defending WAC tournament champions Fresno State (8-4-3, 2-1 WAC) on Friday night at 9 p.m. Central Time at Bulldog Stadium.
"We have to gamble a bit more since we have been struggling offensive and also win," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "I think we need to win two of our last three games to make the conference tournament.
Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke (Broomfield, Colo.) has started 16 games and has compiled a 7-5-4 record. She is credited with 57 saves and a 0.75 goals-against-average which ranks 38th in the nation.
Offensively, senior Olivia Lukasewich (Woodbridge, Ontario) paces Tech with six goals, the 10th most in a single season in school history. Second on the team with three goals apiece is senior Scotti Culton (Waterloo, Ill.), sophomore Taylor Dennis (Albuquerque, N.M.) and freshman Abby Sentz (Kingwood, Texas).
Culton's six assists leads the squad and is tied for the fourth highest total in a season. She needs three more to set the record that is currently held by former teammate Kiva Gresham.
Fresno State leads the series between the two schools 6-0 after winning last year 2-0 in Ruston.
Along with looking for the first win against the Bulldogs, the Lady Techsters are also trying to find the back of the net for the first time as well having been shutout in all six meetings.
"They are the defending tournament champions and will be a tough matchup," Sherry said.
Callie Hancock leads Fresno with eight goals and 19 points, both ranking third in the conference. Molli Nizzoli paces the squad with a WAC leading eight assists although none have come in the conference action.
Goalkeeper Katie DeVault has started 14 games and leads the WAC with 81 saves. She also has a .818 save percentage and 1.24 GAA.
The Bulldogs are coached by Brian Zwaschka who is in his second season in charge of the program and has compiled a 5-4-2 conference record with an overall mark of 17-13-8.
Live Stats will be available for the game through a link at the top of the page and by accessing the soccer schedule page on LATechSports.com, the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics.
For the latest and most current new on Tech soccer follow sports information contact Phillip Pongratz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LATechPPongratz.