COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Going into road matches at Longwood
and Radford this weekend, Tennessee Tech hopes it can continue its
recent strong defensive performance while adding a finishing touch
The Golden Eagles were suffocating last weekend, allowing just
one goal over 200 minutes of soccer against strong WAC competition,
Louisiana Tech (4-1-2) and New Mexico State (4-2), at the Adidas
Gamecock Soccer Classic in Jacksonville, Ala.
For those performances, head coach Daniel Brizard credited his
back four of Taylor Hicks, Lindsey Reed, Leigh Heffner and Julie
“They’ve come together as a back four
fantastically,” Brizard said. “Defensively, I think
we’re holding our own, and I think it’s going to be
hard to break us down in the back. As a team, I think we could
defend a little better, but our back four is doing what’s
asked of them, and I think some of our best attacks are coming from
our outside backs also.”
As impressive as the Golden Eagles were defensively, they
struggled offensively and were shut out in both matches.
Brizard says his team is getting its chances, and simply needs
“We’re getting shots, we just need to be able to
finish,” said the second-year head coach. “Coming from
last year to this year, our attacking has increased, we’re
just not able to finish — too many shots into the
goalkeeper’s hands or over the frame. It’s coming. I
think we’re going to have a game where we break
The Golden Eagles hope that game comes this weekend when they
play on the road for the third consecutive weekend, this time
making the seven-plus-hour trip to battle Longwood at 6 p.m. Friday
before facing Radford at 1 p.m. Sunday.
GOLDEN EAGLE NOTES
-At 2-3-1, Tennessee Tech is off to its best start to a season
since 2005, when head coach Carrie Proost’s squad opened at
-After surrendering five goals over a two-match season-opening
homestand on Aug. 19-21, Tennessee Tech has not allowed an opponent
to score more than one goal in a match. The Golden Eagles earned
their first shutout of the season on Friday against Louisiana
-Three Golden Eagles have played every minute in each match so
far this season. Senior defender Lindsey Reed, sophomore defender
Taylor Hicks and goalkeeper Becca Toler have each netted 560
minutes of action thus far in 2011.
-Reed earned the team’s second-consecutive OVC weekly
honor on Tuesday, being named the conference’s Defensive
Player of the Week for her work against Louisiana Tech and New
-Longwood is 1-3-2 on the season and coming off three
consecutive matches which have gone to double-overtime. The Lancers
have lost two of those matches and salvaged a tie in another.
-Tennessee Tech and Longwood have one common opponent in East
Tennessee State. The Golden Eagles defeated ETSU 2-1 on Aug. 26
while the Lancers fell to the Buccaneers 2-1 in double overtime on
-The Lancers are one of 10 Division I women’s soccer
programs with no conference affiliation. Longwood recently made the
transition from Division II in 2007.
-Tech is 0-1 all-time against Longwood. The only previous
meeting between the two schools resulted in a 2-0 Longwood victory
in Cookeville on Oct. 8, 2009.
-Longwood has struggled to score this season, netting only four
goals in six games, but has also held opponents to just five
-Junior midfielder Nikki Glisson is the Lancers’ points
leader, coming in with four. She has scored two goals on the
season. Junior goalkeeper Kyra Byron has a goals-allowed average of
0.74 and a save percentage of .821.
-Radford is 3-2 overall and is coming off a weather-shortened
4-0 win over Alabama A&M on Sept. 2.
- Radford and Tennessee Tech also have one common opponent in
East Tennessee State. The Golden Eagles beat ETSU 2-1 on Aug. 26
while the Highlanders fell to the Buccaneers 1-0 on Aug. 28 in
- Radford leads the Big South Conference in four statistical
categories: shots (15.8 per game), points (7.8 per game), goals
(2.8 per game), and goals-against average (1.05).
- Tech is 3-4 all-time against Radford with the last meeting
between the two schools resulting in a 1-0 Radford win in overtime
in Cookeville on Sept. 25, 2010.
- Julie Ruh’e is Radford’s offensive leader, having
accumulated eight points, scoring three goals and contributing two
assists. The Highlanders have used three goalkeepers on the