Soccer team stays undefeated with close win over Little Rock

September 23, 2009

by Tierra Nelson

Continuing its undefeated way, the Lady Techsters shut out the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans 1-0 Saturday at the Lady Techster Soccer Field.

Freshman Mal Feece’s header broke a scoreless game in the 77th minute to push Louisiana Tech to its 10th wins on the season.

Sophmore forward Olivia Lukasewich said the team’s success so far has been the biggest morale booster for the Lady Techsters.

“Today was ecstatic,” said Lukasewich.

The game went scoreless until the half with good effort from both teams. The Techsters took just four shots in the first period but had 14 in the second. Both teams matched corner kicks with one each.

Sophomore goalkeeper Cat Buchanan withstood the Trojan’s 13 shots, five on goal, for her sixth shutout of the season. Buchanan made a couple of one-on-one saves in the contest that preserved the 0-0 tie, allowing her team to come away with the victory on Fleece’s header.

Louisiana Tech head coach Kevin Sherry said his goal during the game was to get the ball in the right areas for the Techsters to attack.

“Kat McCullough hit it perfectly to where we wanted it and Mal did what she is good at which is heading,” Sherry said. “To get her on the team this season gives us something that we’ve never had before.”

Buchanan ended with five saves and the team totaled 18 shots, and four corner kicks.

“That was a really tough game,” said Sherry. “It was like a game of chess. (UALR) played to their strengths, hid their weaknesses and defended in numbers.

“It was a cat-and-mouse game. I think that game will be very similar to what we will play in conference. We could have conceded a goal in the first five minutes and one goal is going to make the difference. Today was our day, but it can go either way.”

Tech outshot UALR 18-13, including an 8-5 advantage on shots on goal.

The win puts the Lady Techsters in the position to defend its undefeated record on the road Friday when the team plays Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.