By ADAM P. BARR
Cancellations will provide ample time for the soccer
With two games cancelled over the weekend due to
Hurricane Rita, the Lady Techster soccer team gets an
edge on the competition.
“We had the
weekend off so we had a whole week to practice and recover,” head coach Jennifer Soileau, said.
Last Friday’s game against McNeese
University and Sunday’s game against Southern Mississippi were both cancelled
because of the ensuing threat of Hurricane Rita.
Soileau said last Friday’s game
was cancelled because of the predicted damage to the Gulf Coast and the
evacuation of Lake Charles, the home of McNeese,
while Sunday’s game against Southern Mississippi was cancelled because of poor
Friday, the soccer team will face William Carey
University in Hattiesburg, Miss., at 1 p.m.
“They’ll be a good team and we will be ready to play,” Soileau said.
Freshmen forward Emily Cleaveland
said William Carey University is not a division one,
it is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics team, which will help
prepare them for conference play.
“I think it will be a good game to get us ready for
coming WAC games,” Soileau said.
“I know their new
coach personally, and they will be coached well.”
The team had a few injuries in the past weeks that kept
some of the players off the field.
Soileau said the game
cancellations gave them time to heal from hard games past and gave them a
chance to practice.
Tech’s young team, with 22 of the 24
players being freshmen, are all aggressive said Soileau.
The team’s ability to create turnovers is first-rate and
provides opportunities for execution as well, she added.
“Our kids are known for their work ethic,” Soileau said.
“We descend so hard on the ball we create a lot of
“We won’t take
[William Carey] lightly,” freshman mid-defender Brook Kelly said.
“But we will
probably win. We just need to finish opportunities and play as a team.”
Sunday, the Lady Techster
soccer team will take on Nicholls State at Joe Aillet
Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.