Red Raiders Earn Split Results in Preseason Match

Junior Taylor Lytle scored one of the Tech's two goals against New Mexico.

Junior Taylor Lytle scored one of the Tech's two goals against New Mexico.
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Aug. 14, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer team walked away with a 2-1 victory in the 80-minute match at New Mexico Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders then fell, 2-0, in a 30-minute game.

Freshman Jessica Disabella and junior Taylor Lytle scored the two goals in the shortened match.

"Our objective was to get the first group a good 80-minute run and we showed improvement throughout the match," said head coach Tom Stone. "In the second half in particular, we moved the ball really well and scored a very nice goal to go up 2-0. As a whole, it was an okay performance from the starters. We gave the ball away way too much, but this is why we play preseason games, to see where we are."

The Red Raiders and Lobos then played a 30-minute game simulating an overtime period, in which UNM won 2-0, mainly against a Tech reserve squad.

"The 30-minute extra period is what we have to play if games are tied, so we decided to give the non-starting group that whole period to see what they could do," Stone stated. "It was a chance for those players to earn a spot on the travel roster and separate themselves from the pack. A few in particular were definitely able to do that so it was good for them."

Tech starting goalkeeper sophomore Erin Wikelius rested today as senior Colleen Pitts and freshman Gabby Kaufman split time in the nets for the Red Raiders.

Tech opens the regular season next Fri., Aug. 20, against TCU at 7 p.m., at the John Walker Soccer Complex. The Red Raiders also host Texas State on Sun., Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. That weekend will be the first athletic event of the year at Texas Tech and freshmen students will eat free with a Tech I.D. Additionally, each student in attendance will be eligible for a halftime giveaway of two flat-screen televisions. Head football coach Tommy Tuberville will give a Red Raider freshmen welcome and kick out the first ball.



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