Disabella Sends Tech Past New Mexico
Jessica Disabella's game-winner sent No. 24 Texas Tech past New Mexico Friday in Albuquerque.
Aug 23, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A monster strike off the foot of senior Jessica Disabella in the 86th minute of play sent No. 24 Texas Tech past New Mexico Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex as the Red Raiders secured a 1-0 season-opening victory.
The late game-winning strike came from atop the penalty box as Disabella fired a rocket up and over Lobo goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich. With the 1-0 lead late in regulation, the Red Raiders were able to close out the final minutes of the match and win their sixth-straight season-opener under head coach Tom Stone.
"We were all over them and felt like we might need to beat them from distance and just needed something from up top," Stone said. "We moved Jessica from holding-mid to forward in the last 10 minutes hoping that she could get an opportunity. She is just great about getting herself in position to tee one up and rip it. When it left her foot there was just no doubt it was going in."
The score marked Disabella's eighth career goal and fifth game-winner. It's her first game-winner since the 2011 season.
"I was just excited to get the opportunity," Disabella said. "I just turned and shot it, and it was just hard enough to get it over and into the corner."
The Red Raiders now return to Lubbock for their 2013 home-opener set for Sunday afternoon against Colorado State.
Texas Tech controlled possession for most of the first half and nearly the entire second half as the Red Raiders outshot the Lobos 11-2 in the final 45 minutes of play and held a 6-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Tech ended the match with a dominant 11-1 advantage in corners and held New Mexico without a single shot on goal.
After entering the halftime break in a scoreless tie, the Red Raiders came out in the second half and continued the strong attack, nearly scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes. The strong attack included a break out sliding shot by Alli Murphy which was punched just over the cross bar by Ulrich who made seven saves on the night for the Lobos.
Senior defender Hayley Haagsma led the Red Raider attack tallying five shots on the night - two of which were on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson posted her 15th career shutout.
First kick for the Red Raiders' home opener Sunday is set for 1 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
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