By KACEY D. RICHARD
The Lady Techsters closed their last week of
non-conference play on the road last Wednesday, losing in an upset at the hands
of the Centenary Ladies with a score of 2-1.
Tech (4-4-2) took the lead early in the first half when
sophomore defender Savanna Russo found the net in the eighth minute of the
match, recording her first goal of the season and the Techsters’
lone score of the game.
The Ladies (4-8-0) tied the match in the opening minutes
of the second half, however, when opponent Lauren Stanley sunk a header off a
corner kick by Kristine Weaver to even the count.
“We gave a goal off a corner kick for the first time in
two years,” Techster head coach Jennifer Burns said
of the upset. “I thought that opened our eyes a little bit.”
Tech switched formations after the goal and remained
dominant for the last 30 minutes of the game, though they ultimately could not
keep Centenary from scoring again.
With less than five minutes remaining in play, a short
goal by Centenary’s Stefani put the Ladies ahead by
Despite allowing the two goals, Tech goal keeper Jill Medigovich was nominated for WAC player of the week, after
recording four saves, including an impressive one-on-one stop, in the match.
“We came out and got the goal early,” Burns said. “Then
we stopped doing the things we know how to do.”
“Hopefully, after this loss, we’ll be a little more
focused going into conference play.”
The Lady Techsters will look
for redemption at noon on Sunday, when they take on the Utah State Aggies at Joe Aillet Stadium to
kick off WAC play.
Now in its third year as an NCAA program, Tech soccer has
yet to score a goal in a Western Athletic Conference game.
They were shut out
in all seven matches last season, which marked the first year of conference
play for Tech.
Burns and the Techsters are
more confident going into WAC play this season, however, making it through an
injury plagued pre-conference schedule that she feels built team character.
With a more experienced and battle-tested squad taking
the field in 2006, the Techsters will look to make
some noise through their conference schedule beginning this weekend.