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Techsters to begin conference play

September 26, 2014
Redshirt senior Taylor Dennis scored a Tech record four goals against Grambling State last Friday on her way to being named Conference USA offensive player of the week.

Redshirt senior Taylor Dennis scored a Tech record four goals against Grambling State last Friday on her way to being named Conference USA offensive player of the week. – Photo by Darrell James

 

Will Trahan
Staff Reporter

 

The Lady Techsters soccer team is halfway through its season and with Conference USA play about to heat up, head coach Kevin Sherry and his team are looking like they have found their chemistry.

 

 

“Every game has been a slight improvement,” Sherry said. “It is not a huge improvement, but every win has been a positive step.”

 

The Lady Techsters are boasting an 8-1-1 record while pitching two shutouts in their last two non-conference matches.

 

“For a second straight game, we were disciplined and we stuck to our tasks well,” Sherry said. “I think the finishing was slightly down from Friday, but the best thing was getting a lot of minutes to players who needed it. The best fitness is in a game.”

 

One of the Lady Techsters’ most important defensive assets is Laura LeFevour.

 

LeFevour does not score often but is key in the running of Sherry’s defense.

 

“Coach is telling us to play more compact in case a girl steps up with the ball, we can cover her,” LeFevour said. “I think we are all starting to come together and play with good chemistry and we will need that for conference.”

 

The Lady Techsters scored nine goals against Grambling State University and followed that up by scoring seven against Jackson State University during wins last weekend.

 

Sherry said his team started the season a bit rusty, but he expected that after they were inactive for the entire offseason.

 

Despite their record, the Lady Techsters remain focused on competing against some of the best schools and athletes in the country in C-USA play.

 

“This start gives us some confidence, but it is balanced with the size of the challenge ahead,” Sherry said. “We are about to play with some of the best schools with the best athletes with far better resources, so we know that if we need to go toe-to-toe with them, we can.”

 

Sherry said the goal every season is to make the NCAA tournament and this year’s road to the tournament begins with two matches against conference foes North Texas and Rice.

 

“We are going to have a late run if we are going to make the tournament – similar to the run we had late last year,” Sherry said.

 

Tech’s only loss of the season came at the hands of Mississippi State Univeristy . The Lady Techsters fell by a score of 2-1 in Starkville, Mississippi. They return to the field Friday night when they take on the Mean Green of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

 

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