Aug. 24, 2012
RUSTON, La. - After both teams went scoreless through the first half, Louisiana Tech (2-0) exploded for three second half goals to defeat Southern Miss (0-1-1) in women's soccer action on Friday in Ruston.
Shots were few and far between in the first half of play as both teams combined for just five total shots in the first half. But, in the second half, the Lady Techster's were able to rip off 12 shots and found the back of the net three straight times before the Golden Eagles answered with a late score.
"We had some good opportunities, some of our best, to score in the first half," said coach Scott Ebke. "But, they came out in the second half and took away some of our momentum and we just could not regain that edge."
Louisiana Tech got two goals off the boot of Paige Dunn, including one on an attempted cross that found its way into the back of the night. Dunn added her second goal on a penalty kick in the 70th minute.
Redshirt sophomore Missy Wentz picked up the lone goal for the Golden Eagles in the final minutes of the second half when she booted the ball from 18 yards out into the upper corner of the goal. It was the first career goal for the Katy, Texas native.
Southern Miss will return to Hattiesburg for an early morning practice session on Saturday before traveling back into Louisiana to take on Southeastern Louisiana at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
"In order to get the results we want, we have to re-group in the attacking third of the field and take advantage of our opportunities," said Ebke. "We'll have a little time to rest and then go down to Hammond to take on what we expect to be a very tough Southeastern Louisiana team in Hammond."