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Red Raiders Open 2012 With 2-1 Victory Over Idaho

Paige Strahan gave the Red Raiders a 2-1 victory over Idaho Friday night with a game-winning goal in the 82nd minute.

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LUBBOCK, Texas. - Texas Tech opened the 2012 season with a thrilling 2-1 win over Idaho Friday night at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Sophomore Paige Strahan provided the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute of action to give the Red Raiders the win in front of an announced crowd of 1,117.

"I thought we adjusted nicely tonight," head coach Tom Stone said. "My biggest impression was that when they equalized after we had been all over them for 80 minutes, our team was not going to accept a draw. We just turned up the volume, scored the second goal and it was over."

Texas Tech scored the opening goal less than a minute into the match when freshman Janine Beckie punched a shot into the back of the net just 57 seconds into the match.

With the goal, Beckie became the first Red Raider to score a goal in her Texas Tech debut since Jessica Fuston in 2010.

Beckie finished the match with a game-high eight shots on the night.

The Red Raiders went on to control the first half of the match, outscoring Idaho 10-5 heading into the intermission and eventually outscoring the Vandals 22-7 for the match. Idaho responded late in the second half when Chelsea Small scored on a deflection in front of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

However, it took the Red Raiders less than four minutes to respond with a goal of their own as Strahan gave the Red Raiders the winning goal at the other end to seal the match.

Tech returns to action at the John Walker Soccer Complex Sunday at noon when they host regional rival New Mexico.



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