No. 4 LA Tech Faces No. 8 Charlotte in Semifinals

Nov. 2, 2017

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – For only the second time in program history, the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team will be playing in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals where they will take on Charlotte on Friday at 10 a.m. CT at FAU Soccer Stadium.

The Last Meeting
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October 13, 2017
Ruston, La.
Dages Strikes Twice in 2-1 Victory
Even though it was Friday the 13th, the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team was not afraid of a Charlotte squad who had won eight of its last nine and who they had never beaten on the pitch.

No. 4 seed LA Tech (14-2-5) notched its 14th win of the season – tied for the second most in school history – in dramatic fashion by coming from behind to defeat Old Dominion in the quarterfinals.

Down a goal with only 30 minutes left in regulation, the Lady Techsters notched two goals in the span of 96 seconds to help take down the Monarchs by a final score of 2-1 to keep their season alive.

“This game is obviously going to be very tough,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “You don’t make the final four of the C-USA Tournament unless you are a good team. Charlotte is one of the strongest because of the individual talent and past experience playing in these big games. The No. 8 seed is not a true reflection of how powerful they are.

“The game as a whole will be both a challenge and an opportunity which we have to approach with 100 percent commitment. Such opportunities do not come around very often and when they do, we have to be ready.”

After giving up a late goal in the first half, LA Tech found itself trailing at intermission for only the fifth time all season.

However, senior Nomvula Kgoale and sophomore Jenna Dages scored in the 61st and 63rd minute to pull off the comeback. For Dages, it was her 11th goal of the season which is the third most in C-USA.

Meanwhile, No. 8 seed Charlotte (10-8-1) kept its season alive on Wednesday as well with a 1-0 upset of top-seed Rice in the quarterfinals. The two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Year Martha Thomas scored her league-leading 13th goal of the season with only two minutes left in regulation to defeat the Owls.

The 49ers, who were picked second in the preseason poll, snuck into the tournament with 13 points after dropping four of their last five regular season games.

LA Tech will have to stop Thomas, as well as Megan Greene, who was named First Team All-Conference USA with her 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. Abby Stapleton has started 18 games in net, recording five shutouts, one of which was against nationally-ranked Rice.

Having previously lost the first two games in the all-time series with Charlotte by a combined score of 7-0, the Lady Techsters defeated the 49ers for the first time on the pitch back on Oct. 13 with a 2-1 victory in Ruston. In that game, Dages struck for two second-half goals.

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