Road Swing Pivotal for LA Tech's Tournament Hopes
Oct. 24, 2013
RUSTON - The pursuit of qualifying for the Conference USA tournament continues this weekend as Louisiana Tech wraps up its final road trip of the season, taking on Colorado College on Friday at 4 p.m. and UTSA on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The LA Tech (9-7-1, 4-3 C-USA) squad of 18 freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors and one senior has had an incredible turnaround, winning four of its last five matches by a combined score of 10-3 with all four of those victories being shutouts.
"It takes time for a new young team to gel and we are only now seeing the results of all the hard work the team has put into their game," head coach Kevin Sherry said. "Most of this team is learning on the job. It takes time; it is as simple as that."
After last weekend's home sweep of UTEP and Southern Miss, the Lady Techsters made a drastic jump from seventh to third in the West Division.
With three games remaining, jockeying for position will no doubt take place this weekend to see who can make the top five of each division to advance to the league tournament.
The task ahead for LA Tech starts on Friday in the Rockies when they face Colorado College (11-3-1, 6-0-1 C-USA) who enters as the West Division leader having won nine of its last 10 matches.
The Tigers are a perfect 7-0 at home this year and are led by keeper Kate Scheele who has pitched nine shutouts this season and has a whopping .073 goals against average.
The next stop is San Antonio, Texas to face UTSA (4-10-2, 3-2-2 C-USA) who has a great keeper of their own. Bubba Makela is coming off an impressive performance where she shut out CC, something no other league team has been able to do.
The Roadrunners have struggled to score though, averaging only 0.75 goals per game. They currently sit tied for fourth in the west with UTEP.
"It will be a very difficult road trip, but we hope our togetherness and team spirit will carry us through," Sherry said. "We are fully aware that Colorado College is one of the top teams in the country and UTSA has a powerful soccer program. We know the challenge ahead of us, but this team has learned to meet every challenge with determination this season."
It will be the first time LA Tech has ever faced Colorado College, but the returners are plenty familiar with UTSA having faced them last year as a rival in the Western Athletic Conference.
In one of the most memorable matches of 2012, the Lady Techsters pulled out a 1-0 win in the first overtime period while playing with only 10 players. The team played almost half the match after former Techster Emily Brennan received a red card, but sophomore Laura LeFevour scored the golden goal in what was a dramatic turn of events.
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