On Friday, the Bearkat Women’s soccer team faced off against the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in Huntsville.
Coming into the game, the Lady Techsters had outscored their opponents 47-5. The Bearkats were able to shut out the NCAA’s scoring leader but were unfortunately unable to score any goals of their own. The game ended 0-0 after 110 minutes of play.
The Bearkats started the first half immediately taking possession of the ball. Freshman midfielder, Kirby Zak, did a great job driving the ball up the field through the Louisiana Tech defense, having three shots-on-goal within the first 16 minutes.
The Bearkats gave up six corners in the first half but the defense and goal keeper Jenny Pence made some great saves to keep any of them from going in, keeping the game scoreless by halftime.
Early in the second half, the Lady Techsters took control of the ball, playing a more offensive game. They came very close to scoring in the 64th minute when a striker sent the ball flying low to the left corner but Pence made a great diving save to keep the Lady Techsters from taking the lead.
With the game still scoreless after 90 minutes of regulation time, two 10 minute overtimes were played.
Both teams made last minute efforts to score but neither could net the ball.
The draw brings the Bearkats’ record to 2-5-2.
Head coach Tom Brown was pleased with the way the girls played. “The defenders did a good job limiting the good opportunities the opponents had,” Brown said. “It was good to be able to shut them down.”
The Bearkats next face the McNeese State Cowgirls in their first conference game on October 2 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.