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No. 16 Texas Tech Rallies to Score Road Win at No. 11 Notre Dame


Janine Beckie connected on the game-winning goal Friday evening as No. 16 Texas Tech downed No. 11 Notre Dame, 2-1. It was the 28th goal already in Beckie's career, moving her into sole possession of fourth place in school history.

Aug. 29, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Tom Stone is known for being a great motivator. He's delivered hundreds of speeches during his time in Lubbock, sometimes prior to a match, other times at halftime and on occasion at times nowhere near a soccer pitch.

On Friday evening, he delivered another one of his great halftime speeches as No. 16 Texas Tech recovered from a 1-0 deficit to connect on two goals within the first three minutes of the second half, sparking the Red Raiders to a 2-1 victory in front of a crowd of 2,603 at Alumni Stadium.

"We played so well through the first 45 minutes that halftime was really spent telling the team what they did well so they could do it again," said Stone, who picked up his 80th career victory. "There were also some minor tweaks in attacking the final third as well as defending Notre Dame, but we ultimately told them `keep doing what you're doing because it's working.' And ultimately it did."

The Red Raiders (2-0), who had several scoring opportunities over the first 45 minutes, came out firing again to start the second half, immediately controlling possession and forcing Notre Dame (2-1) to defend its final third.

It took only 55 seconds for Hannah Devine to connect on the equalizer as she headed in a Jaelene Hinkle cross from the left corner that found Devine streaking to the near post. Devine's header sailed just past Notre Dame goalkeeper Kaela Little, immediately shifting momentum towards the Red Raiders.

Tech capitalized from there as the Red Raiders quickly forced a Notre Dame turnover on its end, giving Janine Beckie a one-on-one opportunity against Little from around 12 yards out. Beckie fired high, sending the attempt off Little's outstretched right hand and into the back of the net just 25 seconds following Devine's goal.

"The only thing we were missing were the goals to show our effort," Stone said of his team's outlook after halftime. "Our possession was so good all night and when we kept linking passes, it really got Notre Dame chasing the ball which helped us. Once we got the two goals, we knew we could close out the game, and the team did a great job the last 10 minutes to secure the win."

The goals were the second of the season for both Beckie and Devine, who each scored in Tech's 5-0 rout of Oral Roberts to open the season. It was the 28th career goal already in Beckie's career which moved her into sole possession of fourth place all-time in the school record book.

The Red Raider defense held strong over the final 40-plus minutes, thanks in part by a pair of impressive saves from goalkeeper Lauren Watson. Making just the second start of her career, Watson collected seven saves on the night, five of which that came in the second half alone.

The Fighting Irish previously got on the board early in the match as Katie Naughton knocked in a Sabrina Flores corner kick in just the 14th minute. Notre Dame finished with a slight advantage in shot attempts, leading 13-11 overall and 5-4 in corner kicks.

Notre Dame is the highest-ranked opponent for Tech to ever defeat on the road. The Red Raiders have now topped a top-25 team in three-straight seasons after downing No. 20 Long Beach State in 2012 and No. 9 West Virginia a year ago.

The Red Raiders will look to continue their undefeated start to the season Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. CT kickoff against Eastern Michigan. The Eagles are 2-1-0 now on the season after falling, 3-0, to Michigan State earlier this evening.


 

 

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