LSUS improves to 3-2 with win over Tigers
September 06, 2005
Shreveport, LA---After starting the season with a 3-1 loss at the hands of William Carey College, and a 9-1 loss to Northwestern State University, many spectators on the outside looking in may have been thinking “well, their a first year program, what do you expect?” LSUS Lady Pilot Head Coach Jed Jones expected a lot more from his team and they have responded in a big way. The Lady Pilots rattled off their third win in a row with a 4-2 victory over the East Texas Baptist University Tigers (0-2-1) Tuesday afternoon at The Swamp to improve to 3-2 on the year.
The Tigers drew first blood with 6:03 remaining in the first half when Alina Kilkeny pounced on a rebound after a missed catch by Lady Pilot goal keeper Sarah McLean and found the back of the net on the put back for her first goal of the season and a 1-0 Tiger lead.
LSUS received a much needed spark from the bench when Ty Moreno struck a pass out of the air from Krystel Reilly for her first goal as a Lady Pilot to tie the score at 1-1 with just 2:19 to play in the first half.
A breakdown in the Lady Pilot defense allowed a streaking Kilkeny to collect a pass from Lizzie Wunsch and found herself all alone on a breakaway and pushed a shot just inside of the right goal post past a sprawling McLean with just :38 remaining in the first half, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead at the half. “We played a good first half but seemed to fall apart in the second when they kept coming at us with their pressure. They are a big and fast team who played very aggressive. It was very discouraging and we didn’t handle the pressure in the second half which was the difference in the game,” commented Kilkeny.
Just three minutes after the break the Lady Pilots tied the score at 2-2 after Hannah Jennings sent a hooking corning kick into the top right corner of the goal past for her first goal of the year.
Lady Pilot leading scorer Katrina Blackwell put the game out of reach after collecting 2 goals in a span of 3:28, giving her a team high 6 goals on the year. At the 37:33 mark, Blackwell received a pass from midfielder Lacy Biggs and raced by two Tiger defenders and scored on a defenseless Kelli Shipley. Blackwell scorched the Tiger defense again at the 34:05 mark by chasing down a through ball off the foot of Michelle Williamson and found herself all alone once again versus Shipley and tucked the ball in the right corner to give the Lady Pilots a 4-2 lead. “We didn’t play together in the first half and it showed on the scoreboard. After coach settled us down at halftime we pulled together and used our speed and played much better. Lacy and Michelle made two great passes and we finished off our chances,” explained Blackwell who has poured in 6 goals during her current 3 game goal scoring streak.
Tigers head coach Trey Carlisle concluded “They are a bigger, faster team. When it came down to a foot race, they won it. We battled hard but made a couple mistakes which hurt us.”
With the 4-2 victory the Lady Pilots are over the .500 mark for the first time on the very young season. Coach Jones credited the victory to his team’s ability to stay within themselves and keep their composure. “We were our own worst enemies in the first half. We broke down and stopped our own attack. In the second half, we didn’t panic, we kept our composure, stuck to our game and played very well,” commented Jones.
The Lady Pilots out shot the Tigers 28-18 with both teams finishing with 15 shots on goal. McLean turned away 5 Tiger opportunities while Shipley collected 13 saves as the Lady Pilots were denied by the crossbar and the post on two scoring opportunities. The Lady Pilots had a 6-3 edge on corner kicks and were flagged for 14 fouls in the match while the Tigers did not commit a single foul. “There are uncontrollable factors in this game. You have to focus on the task at hand and keep playing, and that is what our girls did,” concluded Jones.
The Lady Pilots now must look forward to Friday afternoon when they will play host to Texas Southern University, their second NCAA Division I opponent this season at The Swamp.Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00pm.
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