Texas Tech Hits the Road for Conference Action|
Sept. 27, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Red Raider soccer team continues Big 12 action as they head to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers on Fri., Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. Tech will then travel to Ames, Iowa, on Sun., Oct. 1, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. The match is slated for 1 p.m.
Last weekend the Red Raiders (4-6, 0-2 Big 12) dropped a pair of home matches, falling to No. 16 Texas, 2-0, on Sept. 22 and dropping a 4-2 decision on Sept. 24 to No. 12 Texas A&M. The weekend kicked-off Big 12 action for the Red Raiders. Both matches were a drastic improvement from last season. In 2005, Tech fell to Texas, 7-0, and Texas, 6-0.
Freshman forward Brittney Harrison and sophomore forward Chessa Pursur have been leading the charge for the Red Raiders offensively, leading the team in goals (5) and points. Junior forward Priscilla Esquivel has also been active up front for the squad. The Forth Worth, Texas, native is currently tied with Harrison with 23 shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Tina Rincon has recorded 38 saves and started in 9 of the 10 matches for the Red Raiders.
Friday's opponent, Missouri, holds an 8-2 overall record and 0-1 for conference. The Tigers fell to Nebraska, 2-1, on Sept. 22. The last outing for Missouri was a double overtime victory to Illinois State, 3-2, on Sept. 24. Missouri is currently ranked No. 17 in Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times. Sophomore defender Ashley Hamblin leads the Missouri Tigers in goals (5). Hamblin currently ranks fourth for most goals among all Big 12 athletes.
Iowa State (5-6, 1-0 Big 12) will host the Red Raiders on Sunday. The Cyclones won both of their matches this past weekend. Iowa State shut-out North Dakota State, 2-0, on Sept. 20, and defeated Nebraska in double overtime, 3-2. The Cyclone's freshman forward Lauren Odino was just named Newcomer of the Week for the Big 12 conference.
"The team is looking forward to these games," said head coach Neil McGuire. "We had a good week on the training pitch with the players being in high spirits. We have been able to solve some of the areas of concern and now have to execute when needed."
This weekend is the beginning of four-consecutive road matches. The Red Raiders will take a break from Big 12 action on Oct. 6 as they face South Dakota State at 7 p.m. in Brooksing, South Dakota. Tech will get back into conference play on Oct. 8 when they will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska at 12 p.m.
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