- Staff Reporter
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech soccer team could not overcome two first-half goals allowed to UAB, falling by a final score of 2-1 on a frigid Friday afternoon on James Field at Hoss Garrett Stadium.
Despite injuries to three starters in the second half, LA Tech (11-2-1, 3-2 C-USA) was able to get one goal back off the foot of Jaelyn Peeples. However, that was all the offense the Lady Techsters could generate as their 11-match home winning streak came to an end.
“We just started too slow and our lethargy led to two mistakes and two goals,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “UAB was a very physical team and we suffered a few injuries which we hope doesn’t hurt us going forward. Credit to our team for fighting back and giving us a chance in the end.”
Neither team spent much time in their attacking third through the first part of the first period. It would be a turnover by the LA Tech back line that would lead to the first goal of the day.
In the 33rd minute, UAB (3-4-4, 1-2-1 C-USA) intercepted a pass in the midfield and was able to get the ball out wide to Megan Hudgens who dribbled forward and scored from 18 yards out to give the Blazers the 1-0 lead.
It appeared as though that would be the score going into halftime, but in the 44th minute the head referee whistled a foul on Sophie Fijneman in the box which awarded the Blazers a penalty kick. Kamilah Mustafa stepped up and gave her team a 2-0 advantage.
LA Tech picked up the tempo in the second half, despite playing the majority of it minus three key players. The persistence paid off in the 68th minute when Connor Barker drew a foul in the box and Peeples was able to slice into the deficit with a converted PK.
The Lady Techsters continued pressing forward, trying to connect for an equalizer. Their last good chance came with 10 minutes to go when Amber Posthauer found space on the right flank and sent a strong shot at goal, but the opposing keeper made the save.
Both teams tallied seven shots on the day while LA Tech held a slim 3-2 advantage on corner kicks. Carlotta Cartelli registered three saves in net.
The team wraps up its four-game home stand on Sunday, Oct. 13 versus Rice. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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Article sourced from provided press release.