Fuston's Hat Trick Propels Tech to 4-0 Shutout of Montana|
Junior forward Jessica Fuston matched her career-high with three goals Sunday in the Red Raiders' 4-0 victory.
Aug. 26, 2012
FT. WORTH, Texas - Texas Tech junior Jessica Fuston matched a career-high with three goals Sunday morning as she propelled the Red Raiders to a convincing 4-0 shutout over Montana.
With the three goals, Fuston matched her own school record for a single game - a feat she has reached now three times during her career. The Cedar Park, Texas native last recorded a hat trick on Sept. 25 of last year in a 5-0 win over Northern Arizona at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
"We have been all over the goal since game one but today we were a little more committed in the last 30 yards," head coach Tom Stone said. "That made a big difference in the score line today."
The impressive performance capped off a 2-0 weekend at the TCU Invitational in Ft. Worth, as the Red Raiders defeated Stephen F. Austin on Friday night with a game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
"We knew SFA was going to be a big one and to win it in such dramatic fashion was great for our team and for our record," Stone said. "We played to the final whistle and it won us the match. Then today we had the chance to utilize our full roster and the quality coming off the bench was excellent - it was the difference in the match."
Texas Tech (4-0-0) is off its best start to a season since 2010 when the Red Raiders opened the year with five straight victories.
Tech got off to a quick start in the first half as Fuston found the back of the net with her first goal of the afternoon at the 23:03 mark off an assist from sophomore Jaelene Hinkle.
The assist was Hinkle's first of the season.
It took just 2:50 for Fuston to strike again as she fired another shot past Montana goalkeeper Kristen Hoon at the 25:53 mark to give the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead midway through the first half.
The two goals in just under three minutes by Fuston were the quickest back-to-back strikes by a single Tech player since Fuston scored twice in just 53 seconds against Northern Arizona last season on Sept. 25 in a 5-0 win at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
The Red Raiders went into the half with a 2-0 lead over the Grizzlies before Fuston added her third goal of the afternoon at the 60:41 mark off a cross from teammate Conner Williams.
Senior Sarah Ellison gave the Red Raiders their fourth and final goal when she scored off an assist from freshman Ashley Casey at the 79:58 mark. It marked the first goal of the season for Ellison, and the first career assist for Casey.
Texas Tech will return home for a Friday night match against Nevada on Aug. 31 at the John Walker Soccer Complex. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.