Curtain goes up tonight for LA Tech soccer, new home

A new era of Louisiana Tech Soccer begins tonight when the Lady Techsters play their first match at the new Robert Mack Caruthers Field against East Texas Baptist.

The 2021 season opener is set for 7 p.m., marking the first time in 1,029 days that LA Tech will play a home match on campus after its previous facility was destroyed in the spring of 2019 by a tornado. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place approximately 10 minutes prior to kickoff.

It will also by the first match played under the direction of new interim head coach Steve Voltz who was an assistant coach during last year’s 9-7 season.

It’s Kids Day – everyone ages 17 and under gets free admission.

The Lady Techsters return 17 letterwinners from last season’s roster, anchored by Third Team All-Conference USA and All-South Region defender Josie Studer. Fellow junior Sophie Fijneman also returns to the pitch after recording a team-high 12 points last season on four goals and four assists.

There are a lot of new faces as well with the addition of 18 newcomers. There is also plenty of international flare on the squad with players from Norway, Spain, England, Sweden, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Germany and Canada.

Season tickets are $50 while single-game tickets are $8 for adults and ordinarily, $5 for youth (ages 4-17). All tickets are general admission in the new facility with stands comprised of bleacher-style seating with backs.

Clear bags are required at all Louisiana Tech athletic events. Fans must sit in the stands and cannot be on the field, on the grass hill or on the sidewalks.

Parking is free and available alongside Stadium Blvd. as well as west of Dr. Billy Bundrick Field (Tech’s softball facility). To access the soccer field, fans will enter the main entrance of the Soccer/Softball complexes and go up the steps on the southwest corner of Robert Mack Caruthers Field. An elevator is available for ADA fans or those who do not believe they can get up the stairs.

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