Tech Falls At Ole Miss 2-0

Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the season Sunday night at Ole Miss 2-0.

Sept. 2, 2012

Box Score

OXFORD, Miss. - The Texas Tech soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2012 season as the Red Raiders fell to Ole Miss 2-0 Sunday night at Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

With the loss, Texas Tech drops to 5-1-0 on the season while giving up its first goal since the season-opener on Aug. 17.

"We did not start off with the tempo and fire we have shown up to this point of the season," head coach Tom Stone said. 

Ole Miss found the back of the net early in the 11th minute of the match before adding a goal late in the second half to hand the Red Raiders a loss in their first of five consecutive matches away from the John Walker Soccer Complex.

The loss marked the first for Texas Tech junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson on the year as the Christchurch, New Zealand native entered the match with a string of nine straight saves and three straight shutouts. Esson recorded a season-high six saves on the night.

The Red Raiders nearly tied the match late in the first half when freshman Briana Rohmer sent a cross to Sarah Ellison in front of the Rebel goal. In pursuit of a header and the equalizer, Ellison collided with Ole Miss goalkeeper Kelly McCormick in midair sending the ball out of danger and erasing the scoring opportunity Tech. 

Texas Tech outshot the Rebels in the second half 11-3, but could not find the back of the net while the Rebels extended their lead with an Olivia Harrison goal at the 77:50 mark off a free kick to seal the match.

"We had several good chances to score," Stone said. "Several were turned down by an excellent performance out of the Ole Miss goalkeeper." 

The Red Raiders were paced offensively by senior Tiffini Smith and freshman Janine Beckie who combined for six shots on the night - five of which came in the second half.

Texas Tech will continue its season long five-match road trip Friday when the Red Raiders travel to face Auburn in the second of back-to-back matches against SEC opponents.




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