Winless no more

October 29, 2009

by Sarah Brown

The Lady Techsters soccer team made history on Senior Day, winning its first conference game in school history by beating New Mexico State 2-1 in double over time Friday at the Lady Techster Soccer Field.

In six years as a program and five years in the Western Athletic Conference, the Techsters have only managed six ties and 27 losses during conference play until the over time victory.

Earlier this season, Tech set another school record when it won its 11th game with an out-of-conference victory over Houston Baptist Sept. 27.

New Mexico State was undefeated in conference play and sitting on top of the standings going into the game, but the underdog Techsters did not let the insurmountable odds play a factor in the dramatic game.

Head coach Kevin Sherry said Hollywood could not script a better ending to Tech’s winless streak.

“Of all the days that you want to get the first win, you couldn’t have scripted it any better to do it on Senior Day,” Sherry said. “For us to be in a winning situation, throw it away and then come back, you couldn’t have scripted it any better.”

Kiva Gresham, Techster midfielder/defender, scored her second game goal with 1:07 left in the second overtime, giving the Techsters a win. The Techsters improved 12-5-1 and 1-5 in the WAC. New Mexico State stands 9-6-1 and 4-1-1 in the WAC.

Gresham started at forward for the fourth game in a row. She scored her seventh goal on a long up-the-field pass in the 22nd minute from sophomore Scotti Culton.

It seemed that Tech only needed 90 minutes to upset New Mexico State, the team that has gone 6-1 in its last seven games.
Goalkeeper Cat Buchanan made a mistake allowing New Mexico State’s Kassie Martinez to score a goal with 1:05 left in regulation.

After regrouping, the Techsters came back with the same impact they did in the first period where the Aggies were outshot 5-1.
Techster senior Kat McCullough passed the ball to Olivia Lukasewich who then tapped it to Gresham, allowing her to score her eighth goal of the season in the second overtime.

Each team had seven shots on goal, making it 14 even. Buchanan made six saves.
McCullough was one of the two seniors recognized at the game. She led the Techsters with seven shots and four on the goal. The game-winning assist capped her final home game.

Sherry said he is proud of McCullough.
“She can go away being proud of what she’s done,” Sherry said. “It took all of those five years and hard work for that one moment, but that’s what life is.”
He said former players were a part of this game as well.

“I’m happy for the team, the seniors and the seniors that graduated last year because they were a part of this today,” Sherry said.

Senior Hikari Kurokawa from Okayama, Japan, finished her final home game as a Techster. She played two years for the program.

“Now we can really start to play,” Sherry said.

The Techsters will play at Utah State at 4 p.m. Oct. 30.