COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Rebounding from two losses in last
weekend’s season-opening homestand is order No. 1 for the
Tennessee Tech soccer team as it takes to the road this week for a
pair of contests at East Tennessee and UNC Asheville.
The Golden Eagles (0-2, 0-0 OVC) are coming off two very
different types of games — a 2-1 defeat at the hands of
Chattanooga on Friday, which they felt they should have won, and a
3-1 loss to Belmont on Sunday in which they simply were
The result of both matches, however, was the same, and Tech is
looking to reverse the script this weekend when they travel to East
Tennessee State for a 6 p.m. match Friday and UNC Asheville for a 1
p.m. start on Sunday.
“The girls are disappointed,” head coach Daniel
Brizard said. “I thought we were the better team on Friday.
We made two mistakes that led to goals, but we controlled the
majority of the possession and we had the advantage on shots.
“On Sunday, we just got outplayed, outhustled and
outworked. They stuck to their game and finished, and we just
didn’t show up.”
Tech did score goals in each outing, even taking a 1-0 lead in
the first half against Chattanooga when Kerri Reid scored
unassisted from 15 yards out. Sarah Gawthrop provided the offense
for the Golden Eagles against Belmont, bending in a corner kick
late in the second half.
Goalkeeper Becca Toler notched a combined 10 saves on the
Ten players saw 100 minutes or more over the two matches, with
freshman midfielder Chelsea Ladd among them. Ladd played 45 minutes
against Chattanooga on Friday then got the starting nod on Sunday
and played 55 minutes against Belmont.
“Chelsea is still working up to Division I fitness,”
Brizard said of the Fairfield, Calif., native. “We’d
like her to be a 90-minute player, last a little longer, but I
think she’s done really well. I think she’s stepped up
in her role. Sometimes it’s touch-and-go with freshmen. You
don’t know how they’re going to react to the next
Brizard said he was pleased with each of the team’s eight
freshmen, even those who haven’t yet received significant
“We’re eventually going to get all of our freshmen
in,” he said. “I’m not a deep coach. I
don’t go 22 players deep because I like some continuity on
The second-year head coach said he would like to see more
intensity from his bench in this weekend’s matches.
“The quality of kids we have starting and the first couple
coming off the bench are really good,” he said. “When
our subs come in, sometimes I think we take a step down in
intensity. I know it’s hard coming off the bench, but
you’ve got to accept a role sometimes and make the best of
Scouting East Tennessee State
East Tennessee State returns six starters from last year’s
8-7-3 campaign and debuts a first-year head coach in Adam
Sayers kicked off his tenure with a 2-1 loss to Wofford on
Friday, the first and only game ETSU will have played coming into
this Friday’s matchup with the Golden Eagles.
The Buccaneers took just five shot attempts against Wofford,
four of which were on goal. Morgan Thomas scored ETSU’s only
goal of the game in the 67th minute on an assist from
Ramey Kerns is the Buccaneers’ leading returning offensive
producer from 2010, when she scored six goals and distributed one
assist and finished with a .207 shot percentage as a freshman.
Defense was the strength of East Tennessee’s 2010 club,
which ranked second in the Atlantic Sun Conference in goals allowed
(1.06) and third in goals against average (1.00). The Buccaneers
had seven shutouts on the season.
Offensively, ETSU ranked near the middle of the pack in the
A-Sun in most categories, with the exception of shots taken, where
they were second, averaging 14.83 shots per outing.
Tennessee Tech is 3-3-3 all-time against ETSU with the last
meeting ending in a 2-2 tie in Johnson City in 2007.
Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville returns nine starters from a team that finished
1-16 in 2010, head coach Michelle Demko’s first season at the
Demko’s second year in Asheville started on a similar note
as the Bulldogs fell 8-1 to Davidson on Saturday, their only game
prior to facing Tennessee Tech this Sunday.
UNC-A took four shots compared to 34 for Davidson, 20 of which
were on goal. Freshman forward Amanda Dailor scored the only goal
of the game for the Bulldogs.
Senior midfielder Leilani Halkiotis is UNC Asheville’s
leading returning scorer, having accumulated four goals and three
assists in 2010.
The Bulldogs finished near the bottom of the Big South
Conference in most statistical categories in 2010 and especially
struggled defensively, posting a goals-against average of 3.51 per
Tennessee Tech is 1-1 all-time against UNC Asheville with the
most recent result being a 3-1 Golden Eagle victory in Cookeville