Red Raiders Complete Opening Weekend With Shutout of Lobos|
Texas Tech moved to 2-0 on the season with a shutout of New Mexico Sunday.
Aug. 19, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech shutout New Mexico 2-0 Sunday afternoon at the John Walker Soccer Complex to put the finishing touches on a perfect 2-0 start to the 2012 season.
The Red Raiders netted two second half goals to push past the Lobos in the first meeting between the two schools since the 2004 season.
"The strength of today's game is that we were able to flex our roster a bit and the fresh legs really made a difference," head coach Tom Stone said. "It is really tough to play on Friday and Sunday, especially this early in the season. When we went to our fresh legs and changed our roster out almost completely on the field, the game really turned in our direction."
With the win, the Red Raiders secured their third consecutive 2-0 start to a season. Meanwhile, the Lobos, who were picked to win their third consecutive Mountain West title, dropped to 0-1-1 on the year.
Freshman Alli Murphy opened the scoring for the Red Raiders early in the second half when she scored on a penalty kick in the 50th minute of action. It marked the first goal of her Texas Tech career and the second goal by a Red Raider freshman in just two matches of play this season.
Junior veteran Jessica Fuston later put the finishing touches on the Tech victory with her first goal of the 2012 season on an assist from Murphy. The goal was the 20th of her career and moved her into sole possession of fifth all-time in career goals.
The aggressive Texas Tech defense held the Lobos the just one shot on goal for the match, and helped to give junior Victoria Esson her eighth career shutout. The eight shutouts rank fifth all-time at Tech, just one behind Colleen Pitts in fourth with nine.
The Red Raiders will make their first road trip of the 2012 season when they travel to Ft. Worth to play in the TCU Invitational next weekend. Tech will open play against Stephen F. Austin on Friday at 5 p.m.