Northwestern State falls in home opener to Louisiana Tech

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Jalen Donaldson scored her first goal of the season in the 3-1 loss to Louisiana Tech CREDIT: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services

A strong second half from Louisiana Tech was too much to overcome for the Northwestern State soccer team, as the Lady Demons fell 3-1 Sunday at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex.

NSU and Louisiana Tech were tied at halftime, but the Lady Techsters scored two unanswered goals in the second half to win the match.

NSU 8 Olivia Mattsson LATech 5 Kiesha Darroux

“We lost the game in some key moments that changed the game,” co-head coach Jess Jobe said. “There weren’t many of them, but they were on simple mistakes. The good news is I think a lot of things are going to be very fixable for us.”

NSU 0 Acelya Aydogmus

NSU (0-4) was tied at halftime, and had chances, but could not put anything past Louisiana Tech goalkeeper Carlotta Cartelli in the second. Cartelli stopped seven of the eight shots faced for the Lady Techsters in the match

NSU 26 Isabel Shnahan

Jalen Donaldson scored her first official goal of the season in the box following a rebound off a shot by freshman Jayme Haynes. The freshman blasted one from the left near the edge of the box that was saved by Cartelli, but Donaldson was in the right place at the right time and buried home the rebound. That tied the game at 1-1 in the 13th minute.

NSU 12 Samantha Hanking LATech 5 Kiesha Darroux

For Donaldson, it is her fourth career goal, and first since Sept. 9, 2018, when she scored twice in an 8-0 win against Jackson State. On Donaldson’s goal, Haynes had the assist, which is her first collegiate point.

NSU 25 Jayme Haynes LATech 4 Josie Studer

Louisiana Tech (6-0) wasted little time drawing first blood Sunday, scoring in the 3rd minute off a free kick from outside the box by JaelynPeeples. It was the first of two goals Peeples scored in the contest. The match was even at halftime.

NSU 9 Olivia Draguicevich LATech 26 Sophie Fijneman

The Lady Techsters only took two shots in the second half, but made the most of them, as both of their shots in the final frame found their way to the back of the net.

NSU 14 Jalen Donaldson

The lead was taken for good by Louisiana Tech when Elizabeth Doll dribbled in the box and found an open Autumn Woodard right in front of NSU goalkeeper Acelya Aydogmus and put it into the back of the net in the 54th minute.

NSU kept the pressure on, but Louisiana Tech scored the final goal was in the 70th minute, but Peeple’s scored her second goal of the night to close out the scoring.

NSU 13 Hallie Field LATech 20 Hayley Krahenbil

The Lady Demons outshot their opponent for the second consecutive game, as NSU led in that stat 12-8. Aydogmus saved one shot in the contest.

Freshman Rachel Brandt led the home team in shots with four. Fellow freshman Jayme Haynes was second on the team with two shots, including the one that led to the assist on Donaldson’s goal.

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“We just have to keep going,” Jobe said. “We have to keep pushing. Being 0-4 is a tough place to be, still looking for our first win.

NSU 8 Olivia Mattsson LATech 5 Kiesha Darroux

We can be discouraged by that or we can accept it and move on and continue to take steps forward and that’s what we’ll look for this young team to do this next week.”

Northwestern State hits the road once again next weekend when the Lady Demons play UL Monroe Friday and Jackson State Sept. 8. NSU returns to Natchitoches Sept. 13 for a contest with Texas State.

NSU 8 Olivia Mattsson LATech 5 Kiesha Darroux