- Staff Reporter
RUSTON – After playing 10 of their first 11 matches of the season on the road, the Louisiana Tech soccer team will now begin a four-game home stretch starting this weekend against Florida Atlantic and FIU.
The first matchup comes on Friday at 3 p.m. against the defending C-USA regular season champion Owls, followed by a Sunday match at 1 p.m. versus the Panthers. All remaining home games will be played at James Field at Hoss Garrett Stadium on the campus of Ruston High School.
LA Tech (9-1-1, 1-1 C-USA) was able to record three points from this past weekend’s road action, defeating Old Dominion by a final score of 2-1. The Lady Techsters were minutes away from tacking on at least another point, but fell in the second overtime period to WKU.
All three goals scored in the two combined matches came off the foot of one Autumn Woodard. The sophomore was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week as a result, bringing her goal total to 13 this season which ties the single-season program record and currently leads the country.
The striker has now scored in nine of the 11 matches this season, including three games with multiple goals scored. She also needs just two more points to tie that single-season record.
Another Lady Techster closing in on records is Jaelyn Peeples. The midfielder is on pace to break the career assists record, career starts record and career minutes played record. The senior has started all 11 games this season and has played every minute in the last five matches.
Both players will be instrumental in trying to defeat FAU (8-2-0, 2-0 C-USA) who won its first ever C-USA Championship a season ago. The Owls are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, having won six straight matches including league victories over Marshall and UAB.
Offensively, they have four players who have netted at least four goals this season, led by Mary O’Hara who has a team-high six. O’Hara was a First Team All-Conference USA selection last season.
Defensively, the team has allowed just eight goals. They are anchored by Cassidy Wasdin in net who has won Goalkeeper of the Week twice this season.
Sunday’s opponent FIU (2-8-0, 0-3 C-USA) is still looking for its first conference win of the season and their first since 2016. The Panthers have lost six of their last seven matches, including league losses to UTEP, Charlotte and Marshall.
Ellen Halseth and Rayquel Berry lead the way offensively with three goals apiece. Christina Velazquez has nine starts in goal and registered the lone two victories versus Jacksonville and USC Upstate.
LA Tech trails 3-1-0 in the all-time series with FAU who has won the last three meetings, including last year’s 1-0 win in Boca Raton. The series is tied 2-2-1 with FIU as the Lady Techsters are unbeaten against the Panthers in the last three meetings. Last year’s match ended in a 2-2 draw in Miami.
Both matches will be streamed on CUSA.tv (subscription required). Live stats can be followed LATechSports.com or the LA Tech Athletics app. Twitter users can follow @LATechSOC for live in-game updates.
Article sourced from provided press release.