Tech Scores Early to Beat Saint Mary's 2-0|
Aug. 28, 2011
Red Raider celebrate a first half goal
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's Jessica Disabella scored an early sixth minute goal and Haley Haagsma scored her first career goal in the 30th minute to push the Red Raiders by Saint Mary's, 2-0, at the John Walker Soccer Complex in front of 953 fans.
"It was an impressive bounce back for us," head coach Tom Stone said after the match. "The players were all business from the opening minute - determined to get the result and convert their chances. We had been all over the goal for three straight games so it was nice to finally hit the back of the net tonight. "
Disabella's goal came on a pass from Tiffini Smith at the edge of the box. Disabella collected the ball in traffic, slipped to the left past a St. Mary's defender and hit a back post bullet that found the side netting for an early 1-0 lead in the match. It is the first goal of the season for Disabella and the third of her career.
The Red Raiders (3-1) received some breathing room in the 30th minute. Mallory Yacullo served a bending set piece to the back side of the six and Haagsma rose above the crowd to head home the first goal of her 11 game career for a 2-0 Red Raider lead.
"Haagsma was having a great freshman year when she got hurt last season and she has worked extremely hard to get back on the field for us," said Stone. "Her work rate is tremendous and her ball winning in the air was fantastic this weekend. Getting her first career goal tonight was just rewards for the work she's put in. Haley's return has definitely made us better."
Redshirt freshman, Gabby Kaufman made her first career start and was credited with four saves on the night for her first shutout of her career.
Freshman Jaelene Hinkle played 85 minutes and played all over the field and helped shore up the defense for Kaufman.
"Jaelene has gotten better each game," Stone said. "Just like all freshmen, the transition to college game is real but she has been an exciting player down the left side for us already. Her upside is huge."
Tech will now hit the road for its first road match of the season against No. 8 Florida.