Soccer wins in the classroom

October 1, 2015



The Lady Techsters continue conference play away at UAB on Friday and at home vs Southern Miss on Sunday. – Photo by Colin Fontenot

The Lady Techsters continue conference play away at UAB on Friday and at home vs Southern Miss on Sunday. – Photo by Colin Fontenot

Alex Heard
Staff Reporter | amh072@latech.edu

As a collegiate sports team, it is one thing to be great on the field, showing your team has all the physical attributes needed.

But, if a team is great both on and off the field, showing great physical and mental ability, then they become even more impressive than that.

Now for Head Coach Kevin Sherry and his Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team, they have proven they are as impressive as teams come.

The team recently earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the seventh time out of the last eight years.

Sherry said the team would have won the last eight years running had it not been for a mistake on his part.

“There was one year the girls did not win it,” Sherry said. “And that was because I did not file the paperwork in time. Technically we are eight-for-eight.”

Sherry said despite that error, he is thrilled for the ladies.

“I am very proud of their academic success,” Sherry said. “The ladies set academic goals and they press hard to achieve them.”

So far this season Tech is 7-5, with four of the team’s five losses coming from very narrow 1-0 scorelines. The Lady Techsters are 3-1 in Ruston with their only loss coming this past weekend against Old Dominion.

Sherry said this year’s team is one of the best he has coached and the most team-oriented.

“They work hard for each other,” Sherry said. “They are the hardest-working team I have been around. I have had teams in the past who work as hard but they did so individually.”

Taylor Douglas, a senior defender, said she sees the team as a sisterhood rather than just a team.

“We are family,” Douglas said. “Camps allow us to get closer and closer. This season is just a journey with my family.”

Douglas was recently named Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Week.

Douglas said she takes great pride in her defending and the honor, especially after being hurt in previous years.

“I try to live up to the title,” Douglas said. “It is very humbling because of where I have been last year and years before. I have a chip on my shoulder.”

Sherry said the award is great but he knows the team is completely team-oriented, and individual awards will come as they work hard as a unit.

“They are just part of a big wheel in a defensive cog,” Sherry said. “They work hard, they get recognized, and honestly they work so hard together the entire team should be recognized.”

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