BOISE, Idaho – The Lady Techsters’ 2006 soccer season came to an end with a 2-1 loss at Boise State on Sunday afternoon. Louisiana Tech (4-10-3, 0-6-1 WAC) batted with the Broncos but could not force overtime in the second half.
Tech trailed early to Boise State (7-7-3, 2-3-2) after Annie Tom scored in the 14th minute of the contest from 16 yards out. But Amy Wolsted added her second goal of the season, and weekend, to tie the game with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Wolsted scored on a corner kick by curving it into the goal. Four minutes later, the Broncos would get the winning goal, however.
Randi Baker scored her second goal of the season for Boise State from seven yards out with an assist by Brennan Lau.
Coach Jen Burns said playing well in both matches this weekend was a positive way to end the season, but getting so close in both matches to winning was a bit disheartening.
“We’re disappointed in the weekend. After playing both teams I think we competed pretty well and thought we had a chance to win both of them,” Burns said. “Getting the comeback goal against Idaho and again against Boise State was a step in the right direction. Overall I think the program is taking a step in the right direction.”
The Broncos remained the aggressors in the second half out shooting Tech 14-3 after the break and 20-8 overall. Goal keeper Jill Medigovich had nine saves for Tech to take her season total to 90.
Burns said Boise State took advantage of a miscue and a lucky bounce to get both its goals. With a little luck going Tech’s way, things may have been different.
“Today the first goal was a miscommunication between center-back and goal keeper. It was totally a goal we created for them,” Burns said. “It was bad luck. It’s a young team and a young mistake.”
With age and a deeper bench that comes with another recruiting class this fall, Burns said Tech soccer is only going to get better. The Lady Techsters struggled with a short bench, and when injuries came it only depleted the team more.
“The second half we were dead tired. I don’t think we were at 100 percent in the second half because of our short bench and injuries,” Burns said. “I think my kids at 100 percent could have pulled out a win today, but we were able to hang in there.”
With Tech earning its first non-loss in conference play this weekend and scoring in back-to-back games, and losing three matches by one goal in conference play Burns believes coaches in the WAC know Lady Techster soccer is improving and will be an even bigger challenge next year.
“I think we’re a good team, and I think we’ve definitely turned some heads and earned some respect for next year,” Burns said. “Anybody that followed our program this year can see the improvement against a much more difficult schedule.”