Coming off consecutive defeats in their last two regular season Western Athletic Conference games, the Lady Techsters soccer team will have much to prove in the WAC Tournament.
The Lady Techsters lost to San Jose State University 2-1 Oct. 26 and they were beaten by Utah State University 4-0 two days later.
Assistant coach for the Lady Techsters Binni Keleta said the team was a little fortunate as they took first strike, but the Spartans came back to score two goals for the win. Keleta said the game against defending WAC champions Utah State was more of making an adjustment to the altitude and final preparations for the tournament.
“The score does not reflect the game,” Keleta said. “We were just trying to get acclimated and get ready for Thursday’s game.”
The Techsters finished the WAC regular season with a 3-3-2 record and go into the tournament ranked at No. 4. Their first game will be against the Seattle University Redhawks, whom the Techsters drew with their last encounter.
Keleta said heading into the tournament he would have loved some better results but he believes the team will be evenly matched with the Redhawks.
“Three losses going into a conference tournament is really tough,” Keleta said. “They’ve had three losses and a draw in their last five games so they are kind of limping in like us.”
Keleta said the team should make the most of the opportunity and they will be looking to exploit the weaknesses of the Redhawks. He also said the last time the Lady Techsters played them, it ended in a draw without their top striker, junior forward Emily Brennan.
“Because we are here for a week and we are acclimated to the altitude, our fitness should be able to help us in that aspect,” Keleta said.
Senior midfielder Lindsay Brough, who will appear in her second trip to the WAC tournament, said the team is very excited to be there.
“Being a senior, it is exciting that Mo and I made it to our last year,” Brough said. “It is in our home state, and we are going have our families here.”
In the event Tech defeats Seattle, they will move on to face Utah State. Keleta said the team would have to beat the three best teams in the WAC to win the tournament, however, he is focused on one game at a time.
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