Double 'Bear' of a weekend set for Red Raiders
This weekend, the Red Raider soccer team will defend their perfect 6-0 home record against Baylor and Southwest Missouri State University.
On Friday, Oct. 18, Tech faces Baylor at 4 p.m. The Bears are in their inaugural season of women's soccer, but you wouldn't know that by looking at their record. Baylor was undefeated before tangling with the number 7 ranked Aggies on Sunday. They are currently 10-1 and have the leading scorer in the nation in Molly Cameron. Last week, Cameron had 20 goals and 4 assists for a total of 44 points. The Bears are also the scoring leaders in the Central Region. On Friday, Baylor defeated Texas 4-2, but lost 1-4 on Sunday to A&M.
"This is such a huge game for us. Baylor is a first year program with a very strong team. We are going to have to play really well and have a lot of support from the Tech and Lubbock community. We need a lot of fans to come out and help us solidify our position in the Big 12 race," head coach Diane Nichols said.
Sunday, Tech will take a break from Conference play to battle with Southwest Missouri State University at 1 p.m. at R.P. Fuller Stadium. The second set of Bears for Tech to face over the weekend are also competing in their first season.They are led by head coach Rob Brewer who is 75-25-2 in his five years. This season, SW Missouri is 7-7 overall and 0-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Tech splits series with Texas A&M, Texas
The Red Raiders had moments of struggle and moments of jubilation this weekend as they split games with Texas A&M and the University of Texas.
On Friday, the Red Raiders were defeated by the number 7 ranked Aggies. The 8-2 score tied the largest losing margin in Tech soccer history. In the first ten minutes of play, A&M exploded with four goals, the first of which came within in the first 30 seconds of play. By half the score was 0-7.
"A&M jumped on us so fast. Before we knew it, we were down by three goals. However, I was really proud of the way we game back in the second half," Nichols said.
In the second half, Tech scored two goals. Freshman midfielder Lizzy Biles hit the first one off an assist from sophomore defender Stacy Livingston in the 45th minute of play. A&M returned the goal just over a minute and a half later, but Tech attacked again as freshman forward Amaris Weeks-Smith scored off an assist from freshman forward Kristy Frantz in the 53rd minute.
On Sunday, the story was not the same, as Tech defeated the University of Texas 2-1. It was the second consecutive year that the Red Raiders have downed the Longhorns.
Tech scored first at the 23:44 mark when Frantz set up the ball for junior midfielder Julie Clement who beat Texas goalkeeper Jamie Strong. The second Red Raider goal came with :44 remaining in the first half. Frantz again assisted as senior midfielder Kristi Patterson scored.
In the second half, Texas scored at the 77:06 mark. The Longhorns had nine shots on goal, but only capitalized on one thanks to Tech goalkeeper Lizzie Pruitt. The freshman keeper had eight saves.
"Lizzie did a great job. She made some very crucial saves. I was really proud of the way we played throughout the game. We showed a lot of heart in the second half. Everyone was tired, but we hustled and won the game," Nichols said.
The split brings Tech's overall record to 10-4 and their Big 12 mark to 4-2.
Weekend Game Notes
* Going into the Baylor game this weekend, the Red Raiders are now 19-3-1 at home over the last three years. Tech has a current home winning streak of nine games and a perfect record of 6-0 in R. P. Fuller Stadium this season. Their last home loss was to TCU on Oct. 4, 1995.
* Senior midfielder Kristi Patterson scored the game winning goal against Texas on Sunday. It marked the second time that she put in the goal that put Tech up for good against the Longhorns.
* The Red Raiders split their road trip this weekend. It is not the first time that has happened. Every road trip this season has seen Tech win one and lose one.
* Freshman forward Kristy Frantz is already in the record books. Her 14 goals are the most scored by a Red Raider in a single season. She surpassed senior midfielder Kristi Patterson and sophomore midfielder Amy Rutstein who had 10 last season. Frantz has also passed Patterson in total points. This season, Frantz has racked up 35 points which passes Patterson's 27 from last season. Frantz is just two assists away from leading in that single season category as well. Patterson had nine in the 1994 season.