- Staff Reporter
- Photo credit – Darrell James
RUSTON – After the postponement of its original Conference USA opener, the Louisiana Tech soccer team will now open up league action on the road this weekend at Old Dominion and WKU.
LA Tech (8-0-1) will first take on ODU on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the ODU Soccer Complex and then turn around on Sunday at 1 p.m. to go up against WKU at the WKU Soccer Complex.
As a result of the postpone home matchup versus UAB, it will be 16 days since the last time the Lady Techsters stepped onto the pitch. Prior to that, the team played nine matches in the span of 19 days.
Friday will mark the beginning of a 10-game conference schedule as LA Tech attempts to qualify for the C-USA Tournament for a sixth straight year. They are one of only three programs to have qualified each of the last five seasons.
This quest, led by players like Autumn Woodard (24 points), Amber Posthauer (16 points) and Jaelyn Peeples (10 points), will start where the last conference tournament was held which was in Norfolk, Virginia.
ODU (6-1-2, 0-1-0 C-USA), who was picked to finish in a tie for sixth in the preseason poll with LA Tech, has only one loss on its resume and that loss came in the Monarchs C-USA opener at North Texas which resulted in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the defending champions.
They are led in scoring by Amanda Nhek who has totaled 18 points on seven goals and four assists. In net, Jasmine Crawley and Kasey Perry have split time, having combined for just eight goals allowed.
LA Tech leads the all-times series with ODU, 5-1-1. The Lady Techsters have never lost to the Monarchs in Norfolk, winning all three road meetings. LA Tech is responsible for ending ODU’s season each of the last two seasons in the C-USA Tournament, including last year’s 3-2 victory in overtime.
WKU (5-2-1, 1-0-0 C-USA) enters the weekend having won three matches in a row, including a 1-0 victory in double overtime against Southern Miss in its league opener.
The Lady Toppers, who were picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll, are anchored by Ambere Barnett who has tallied 13 points on four goals and five assists. Anne-Marie Ulliac has allowed only five goals in net while producing three shutouts.
LA Tech leads the all-time series with WKU, 2-1-0. The Lady Techsters were 2-1 winners last season in Ruston, but lost their lone match in Bowling Green back in 2015.
Links to live video and stats can be found at LATechSports.com. Twitter users can follow @LATechSOC for live in-game updates.
Article sourced from provided press release.