By KACEY D. RICHARD
Tech women’s soccer team opened the season with an
impressive 7-0 shutout victory over Nicholls State August 25, signifying their
first ever season opening victory.
Sophomore forward Denise Wilson proved to be a major
asset for the Lady Techsters (4-3-1), scoring three
goals against the Colonels, tying the schools record for most goals scored in a
The Lady Techsters went on to
win their next two games as well, with a 4-1 victory over Prairie View A&M and a 2-1 win against Stephen F. Austin.
Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived due to
three consecutive losses at the hands of Southern Miss with a 4-0 score,
Arkansas with a 2-1 score and Missouri State with a score of 1-0, evening the Techsters’ record at 3-3.
Tech then christened their new field in Joe Aillet Stadium last Friday when the team played Arkansas
State. Though they didn’t manage a win, the Lady Techsters
nixed their three-game losing streak by tying with ASU 0-0 in overtime.
The game was a battle to the end, with Tech out-shooting
Arkansas State 23-6.
Sophomore midfielder Sarah Chovanec
led the Tech offense with seven shots, one on goal, in the contest, followed by
sophomore forward Emily Cleveland with three shots, two of which were on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Jill Medigovich
had two saves while recording her second shutout game of the season.
Tech head coach Jennifer Burns said she was pleased with
how her team gutted it out in overtime, but wants to see them step up in the
That performance in the clutch is exactly what the young
team did in their home match against Southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon,
defeating the Lady Lions 3-2.
“Today was a big day for us,” Burns said. “We’ve never
come back from being down a goal.”
Against SLU, Cleveland hit a cross shot that sunk in the
left-hand corner of the goal at an almost impossible angle to record her fifth
goal of the season and tie the game.
She then assisted sophomore Brook Kelly, who picked up
her fourth goal of the season to take the lead for the Lady Techsters.
Moments later, freshman Utibe Akpaninyie recorded her first career goal with a header,
sending Tech into the half with a two-goal lead.
Burns said seeing her team pull from behind and score
three goals in the first half shows they are maturing as the season progresses.
“That was a good sign of where we’re going,” she said. “I
was excited that the team played well. It was a step in the right direction as
far as shots on goal.”
The Lady Techsters’ match last
night with Northwestern State occurred after The Tech Talk went to press and
will be covered next week.
Their next game will be Sept. 27, when the team will play
host to Centenary at 7 p.m in Joe Aillet