Lady Techsters soccer opens WAC?play

September 30, 2010

by Zach Beaird

The Lady Techsters finished their last match before Western Athletic Conference play with a solid 8-0 shutout against Nicholls State Sept. 24 at the Lady Techster Soccer Field.
The victory was the eighth straight win for Tech and the sixth shutout of the season, putting the Techsters up to a 10-2 record.

The Lady Techsters took a season high 29 shots and 18 shots-on-goal, while Nicholls State took only three shots with no goals as they fell 5-2-1 for the season.
Freshman midfielder/forward Taylor Dennis led with three goals during the match, doubling her season record and becoming the sixth Lady Techster to record a hat trick.

Dennis’ first goal was scored during the 58th minute of play in the second period with an assist by junior defender Amy Quintana. Less than a minute later, Dennis shot and missed in a one-on-one with Nicholls’ goalkeeper, Sarah Damen, but immediately kicked in the rebound to score her second goal.

With only five minutes of play left, Dennis, with an assist by sophomore defender Kacee Voldness, made her third goal of the game, securing her hat trick.

“I’ve struggled since the beginning of the season, so I just tried to shake off past errors and finish strong,” Dennis said.

Dennis’ hat trick made for the second of the season for Tech, following Rachel King’s earlier in the season against McNeese State.

Senior forward Kiva Gresham scored for the Lady Techsters as well, making two goals during the match.
Gresham scored the first goal of the game with a 10-yard shot in the 16th minute with an assist from freshman midfielder Mia Schorpp. Gresham scored again in the 32nd minute with an assist by freshman forward Emily Brennan.

Junior forward Rachel King, sophomore midfielder Heather Fitzgerald and freshman midfielder Paige Dunn also scored to bring Tech to their 8-0 shutout.

King scored in the 25th minute of the match after Nicholls’ goalkeeper, Molly Mersereau, mistakenly picked up the ball with her hands, giving Tech a free 15-yard shot King made with an assist from Gresham.

In the 57th minute, sophomore Heather Fitzgerald scored off a penalty kick, and freshman Paige Dunn made her first career goal in the 70th minute with an assist from King.
With the Lady Techsters performing so well as they prepare for conference play, head coach Kevin Sherry said he feels confident with his team.

“We’ve been working hard for the last two months,” Sherry said. “We’re the strongest and most prepared we’ve ever been, and we’re ready for whatever happens.”

Dennis said she still sees room for improvement for her and her team.

“We need to work on our physical play before conference, but I think we’re getting better,” Dennis said. “Next week will be a good test for us.”

In the 2009 season, the Techsters fell 2-1 at Utah State. King scored the only goal, but a simple mistake led to the upsetting loss.

Sherry said his team played the game well, but Utah State simply outmuscled the Techsters.
With a stronger team and improved record this year, the Techsters are hoping to improve to 11-2 at home as they take on the Aggies at 4 p.m. Friday in Ruston.

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