Five Techsters Score in 7-1 Win
GRAMBLING, La. – Louisiana Tech had five players score, including two apiece in the first period by Kailee Hervey and Erica Stewart, to notch a 7-1 victory over Grambling State on Friday evening at the GSU Soccer Field.
The other three goals were netted by Taylor Douglas, Lisanne Kleygrewe and Mariah Rojas. For the true freshman Rojas, it was her first career goal in what was the fifth straight win for LA Tech (3-2) over GSU (0-1).
“It was good to get the win after the tough weekend on the road at the Trojan Classic,” head coach Kevin Sherry said. “We managed to play a lot of players today who have not played the most minutes so far this season and this is good for team morale. The field was difficult to play on and caused us some problems early on, but once the ladies got used to the uneven bounce, they settled in well and played some nice soccer.”
In the first 20 minutes of action, the Lady Techsters were only able to manage three shots. However, the team got on the scoreboard in the 21st minute when senior Keely Davis delivered a cross at the top of the six which was headed in by Hervey.
Five minutes later, Stewart made it 2-0 when she punched a penalty kick past the diving GSU keeper into the left corner after a handball in the box was called on a Lady Tiger defender.
Hervey was on the scoring end of another long ball in the 37th minute. After a perfectly placed ball from Taylor Douglas, Hervey took a short touch and finished it into the right score.
The score was increased to 4-0 before halftime when Stewart drilled a shot into the left corner from 20 yards out.
GSU notched its lone goal of the game two minutes into the second period when miscommunication on the LA Tech back line allowed the ball to trickle past the new keeper, Maren Kreid, for an own goal.
Over the span of five minutes, starting in the 67th minute, the Techsters delivered three more insurance goals. Rojas started it off by juking her defender to create space and hitting it across her body into the left corner.
The next score was off a set piece where the free kick by Monica Gebler was dropped in at the top of the six and headed in by Douglas for her first goal since her freshman year in 2012.
The last goal came off the foot of Lisanne Kleygrewe who snuck in a shot under the crossbar from the top of the 18.
LA Tech held a 25-4 shot advantage with Stewart having a game-high seven. Goalkeeper Faith Washington was credited with the shutout.
“Today gave us a chance to express ourselves more with the ball which the players enjoyed, but we all know that Sunday’s game with Nicholls State will be a totally different game,” Sherry said. “It will be a very tough game against a fast-improving squad with a great coach and one of the best strikers in the state. We hope for a big turnout from our fans to help push us over the winning line on Sunday.”
The team returns home on Sunday to play host to in-state foe Nicholls State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
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