Oct. 31, 2012
RUSTON - After being predicted to finish last in the preseason conference poll, Louisiana Tech aims to continue their impressive run this fall when they take on Seattle U tomorrow in the first round of the WAC Tournament to be held at the Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field in Logan, Utah at 3:30 p.m. (CT).
The No. 4 seeded Lady Techsters (12-4-4) are participating in the conference tournament for only the second time in the program's eight-year history in the WAC. The previous time was in 2010 when LA Tech hosted the event and dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Boise State in double overtime of the first round.
The opponent, the No. 5 seeded Redhawks (8-8-2), advanced to the tournament in their first year as a member of the WAC.
Earlier this season, the two teams squared off at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex with both defenses holding the other scoreless. For the 110 minutes of the double overtime match, LA Tech was only able to generate three shots on goal and Seattle only four shots on goal.
The tie extended the Lady Techsters unbeaten streak to 11 games which was the second longest unbeaten streak in the history of the Louisiana Tech soccer program. However, LA Tech would drop the next three conference matches to Idaho, San Jose State and Utah State to round out the 2012 regular season.
"The last three games the ladies would be the first to say they haven't given everything they had," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "Thursday's focus has to be giving 100 percent and not to back down. If we do that we can be proud of ourselves no matter what the result."
For LA Tech the defense, led by seniors and Utah natives Mo Rockwell and Lindsay Brough, will look to get back on track after giving up eight goals total in the three losses, three more than what they had given up in the previous 17 games combined.
The Redhawks are led in scoring by sophomore forward Stephanie Verdoia with eight goals, five of which have come in WAC play. Also in double digit points is senior forward Melissa Busque who has tallied four goals and four assists this season.
In goal for Seattle is 5-foot-10 Brianna Smallidge who can cover a lot of space in front of the net.
Freshman midfielder Brittany Beddow has become the offensive leader for the Lady Techsters recording a total of six goals and four assists. Her powerful left foot has produced the last two goals for the team.
If a winner, the Lady Techsters would move on to face No. 1 seeded Utah State Aggies in the semifinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (CT).
The championship will be played at 2 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, will stream all of the matches of the 2012 WAC Soccer Tournament. All five matches can be seen on WAC.tv by accessing the soccer tournament package for a one-time price of $10.95. Twitter users can get live updates of the game as well by following @LATechSOC.
For complete coverage of LA Tech Soccer, visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at www.LATechSports.com.