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The Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters stopped the Aggies' unbeaten streak at seven matches but it took nearly a full double overtime match to do it. Louisiana Tech got on the board early in the first half scoring in the 21st minute on a goal by junior midfielder Kiva Gresham, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., to take a 1-0 lead. Coach Needham felt like his team came out a little bit flat in the first half. "The road is tough," said Coach Needham. "We came out flat, we didn't do a great job in the first half. When you do that against a team that is hungry and emotional on their senior day. You know they're going to bring that energy and they're going to come at it. They played well the first half and we didn't."
The Aggies came out much better in the second half and put the Lady Techsters back on their heels a bit out-shooting them 11 to six. "Our team got after Louisiana Tech in the second half and put them under a ton of pressure," said Coach Needham. That pressure led to a goal by freshman midfielder Kassie Martinez who scored her first career goal in the 88th minute to tie the match and send it to overtime. "It was a good goal, we got a good cross in the box and she just kind of came in and knocked it in with about a minute and a half or two minutes left," said Coach Needham.
The Aggies and Lady Techsters would battle to a draw after the first 10 minute overtime period and with just over two minutes left to play in the second overtime Kiva Gresham struck again booting the golden goal and handing the Aggies their first defeat in WAC play.
Goal keeper Katie Graul finished with five saves while Louisiana Tech goal keeper Cat Buchanan was credited with six saves. Each team took 14 shots and each team had seven shots on goal.
The loss drops the Aggies to 4-1-1 in conference play and 9-6-1 overall. It's their first loss in over a month. Despite the loss Coach Needham feels that the future results for his team could outweigh the result on the field today. "I think the loss can be a positive thing. This is a good wake up call for us," said Coach Needham. "It knocks us down a little bit, makes us actually get back to what we're good at and that's working harder than other people and getting after them. We'll work real hard this week and be ready for Nevada on Friday."