Red Raiders Shutout No. 25 Denver in Preseason Play

Senior Jessica Fuston scored Tech's game-winner in a 1-0 shutout of No. 25 Denver Saturday.

Aug 17, 2013

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DENVER - Texas Tech senior forward Jessica Fuston found the back of the net in the 27th minute of play at CIBER Field to push the No. 24 Red Raiders past No. 25 Denver in preseason play Saturday night.

The first-half goal was all the Red Raiders needed as Tech shutout Denver 1-0 in the squad's lone tune-up before their Aug. 23 season-opener at New Mexico.

"We were excited about this game because of the success DU had last season, and we wanted to measure ourselves with a tough test in this preseason." head coach Tom Stone said. "DU was very good - coach Hooker is as good as it gets. There was a lot of possession from both teams and they made it very tough for us at times. It took a magnificent run and service from Beckie to get Fuston in on the keeper to head home the cross for us to take the lead."

Tech's score came as Fuston, who was third on the squad in scoring last season with five goals, took a cross from sophomore Janine Beckie and punched a header past Pioneer keeper Cassidy Rey.

Tech's defense took care of the rest as the Red Raiders used both veteran keeper Victoria Esson and redshirt freshman Lauren Watson in front of the net. The Red Raiders allowed just nine Denver shots on the evening, two of which were on goal.

"The back four was excellent." Stone said. "DU has a couple of big-time attackers, and our back four worked well together to limit their chances. [Senior Hayley] Haagsma was great in possession and set the tone with her play all night."

Esson and Watson each recorded one save, with Watson's coming late in the second half off an Anna Willis shot in the 87th minute the secure the Tech shutout.

Fuston led the Red Raider attack with two shots on the night each coming on goal in the first 30-minutes of play.

The Red Raiders outshot Denver 10-9 on the night - four of Tech's shots were on goal.

"We wanted to play a seasoned NCAA team and that's what we got in DU--they challenged us at every turn, yet we scored really nice goal and held off their potent attack for a solid preseason result." Stone said. "We saw a lot of things we need to tighten up before next weekend but, overall it was good performance."

The Red Raiders will travel to New Mexico for the 2013 regular season opener Friday, Aug. 23 with the home opener set for Aug. 25 against Colorado State at the John Walker Soccer Complex.




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