Red Raiders Move to 5-0 With Shutout Victory Over Nevada
Texas Tech improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season with a 1-0 shutout of Nevada Friday.
Aug. 31, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman Janine Beckie scored her second career game-winning goal late Friday night to push the Red Raiders past Nevada 1-0 at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
The late strike came at the 81:57 mark of a physical match, as Tech improved to a perfect 5-0-0 on the season.
"They seem to have a flare for the dramatic," head coach Tom Stone said after the match. "They decided they don't accept ties, and they are not allowing games like this to get away from them. At the same time a little more mentality in the final third, a little more quality on our crossing and finishing and this game is over early."
With the victory, the Red Raiders match their best start since the 2010 season, and have now shutout four consecutive opponents on the year.
Beckie's game-winner developed off a long pass from teammate, and fellow freshman, Alli Murphy. With the ball just inside the 18-yard box, Beckie beat a diving Dana Moreno on a long strike to give the Red Raiders the 1-0 lead and eventually the match.
For the third time this season, the Red Raiders entered the halftime break scoreless but used the late heroics from Beckie to secure the victory. Texas Tech has now outscored its opponents 7-1 in the second half this season.
The shutout marked the third on the season for junior veteran goalkeeper Victoria Esson. The Christchurch, New Zealand native notched two saves on the evening, and has now totaled 10 shutouts during her prolific career.
Texas Tech outshot the Wolf Pack 19-4 on the evening while winning the shots-on-goal battle 9-2.
The Red Raiders will now hit the road for five-straight games away from the John Walker Soccer Complex beginning Sunday with a match against Ole Miss in Oxford. First kick is set for 7 p.m.