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Conference matchups to test Lady Techsters

September 22, 2016
Senior forward Kathryn Sloan currently leads the team in assists and is second in goals behind sophomore Mylene Roy-Ouellet. – Photo by Tom Morris/LATechSportsPix.com

Senior forward Kathryn Sloan currently leads the team in assists and is second in goals behind sophomore Mylene Roy-Ouellet. – Photo by Tom Morris/LATechSportsPix.com

 

 

Alex Heard
Staff Reporter | amh072@latech.edu

When a team is young and full of freshmen there is usually a learning curve. The team must learn the ropes of collegiate sports and struggles early on are understandable.

However, for Head Coach Kevin Sherry and his Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team, they are playing well and beyond their years despite 13 freshmen being on the roster.

Tech is 9-1-1 and is off to its best start in recent memory.

Sherry said the team’s hot start can be attributed to hard work and the players finding their niche.

“The team has put in a lot of hard work,” Sherry said. “Players have been focused on learning their roles. They have a better understanding of each individual and what to do in certain situations.”

Sherry said compared to previous years’ teams this squad is as cohesive as he has had, they have stepped into their roles with ease.

“We lost certain strengths from last year and players have come in and adapted well,” Sherry said. “Freshmen give something different, a bit of peppiness we need.”

Sherry said this group of girls is more than a team.

“We are absolutely a family, first and foremost,” Sherry said. “This is a team that demands respect from each other. Everyone gets along well.”

Tech has started Conference USA play and won its first C-USA game against Southern Miss with a score of 3-0.

Sherry said conference play is a different kind of beast as the games get more physical and heated.

“Intensity is off the charts with conference,” Sherry said. “We won at Southern Miss and started with a win to start conference play for the first time in a while. We are not fighting from behind, which we have had to do in years past.”

Tech plays arguably its toughest opponents in the next couple of games, Rice and North Texas.

Sherry said even if they win only one of those games he will know the team is 100 percent legitimate.

“Rice and North Texas are the strongest in conference,” Sherry said. “We win even one of these games coming up we believe we can win CUSA. They are such excellent opponents.”

Tech plays Rice at 7 p.m. today at  the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.

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