Louisiana Tech wrapped up its challenging 2004 inaugural season with a 3-0 loss to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans on the muddy field of Burns Park Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Techsters finished the season at 0-10-2, with the two ties against Belhaven College and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Even though Tech dropped its last match of the season against the Trojans (4-14-1), head coach Jen Soileau knew her team had progressed throughout the season.
"We played well today, especially in the second half, and I was proud of our effort," Soileau said. "We played extremely well defensively in the second half, and we had our chances to score. We just couldn't finish our opportunities."
The Trojans wasted no time lighting the scoreboard, as Robin Sutherland scored only six minutes into the contest. Then, at the 11-minute mark, UALR's second all-time leading scorer Dee Dee Beyhan scored to put the Trojans up 2-0.
The Lady Techsters played the contest without their two starting defensive players, Kristina Weil and April Manint, and the Trojans capitalized on Tech's under-manned squad, as UALR added its final goal in the 24th minute.
After the Trojan's third goal, the Lady Techsters settled down defensively, anchored by goalkeeper Jade Berbert, and Soileau noted Berbert's outstanding play for the game and the season.
"Jade (Berbert) has played great for us all season," Soileau said. "She has kept us in many games, and things could've gotten ugly for us this season, if we didn't have her. She's become a fine leader over the course of the season, and I expect her to continue playing well next season."
Berbert recorded 11 saves in the contest and finished the season with 126 saves and 51 goals allowed for a .712 save percentage.
The Lady Techsters now have a year's experience under their belts, and Soileau looks for next season to be another building block to success.
"We've developed leadership qualities and a thirst to win this year," Soileau said. "This year's experience will help us define ourselves next year and understand what it takes to win on this level. We'll have a big incoming freshman class, and we look forward to good things."