Sept. 24, 2012
DENVER - For the fourth time in six weeks, the Western Athletic Conference has announced a Louisiana Tech defender as Defensive Player of the Week. This week's honor went to freshman Brittany Beddow, a first-time recipient of the award.
Prior to this past weekend's pair of matches, you would have found number seven sprinting around the midfield, controlling the direction of the ball between the backline and the frontline. However, an injury to starting left side defender Lindsay Brough forced head coach Kevin Sherry to alter his player formation. His choice was to move Beddow from midfielder to the backline, but that did not stop her from having an offensive impact on both games.
In the in-state battle this past Friday versus McNeese State, she played sideline-to-sideline for the entire 1-0 shutout win. She helped the defense allow only six shots, and recorded an assist on the evening after distributing a pass from a free kick to midfielder Erica Stewart who chipped the ball to the back post for the game-winning goal.
The Keller, Texas native shined even more yesterday in front of family who made the short trip over to Tyler, Texas for the contest against UT Tyler. Beddow started at defender again, but was all over the field making defensive and offensive plays.
She took a team-high six shots prior to the match going into a scoreless overtime. After playing all 100 minutes of the game, her seventh left-footed shot struck the left side of the net for the golden goal and the 1-0 victory.
This marked the first overtime win for the Techsters since Oct. 15, 2010 when LA Tech defeated conference foe San Jose State 5-4 in the first overtime period. However, this was the first time in program history that LA Tech won when entering a scoreless overtime.
Other defensive nominees included Idaho sophomore defender Emily Ngan, Texas State sophomore defender Michelle Bucy and Utah State senior defender Natalie Norris.
As a team, the Techster defense leads the WAC in fewest goals allowed with four and in most shutouts with eight.
LA Tech's next match will be their first conference game of the season. The Techsters will enter the contest versus preseason WAC favorite Denver with a 9-1-2 record with the kickoff set for 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
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