Early Deficit Too Much For Red Raiders at Auburn
Jessica Disabella scored her first goal of the season Saturday night at Auburn.
Sept. 9, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Texas Tech fell to Auburn 2-1 Saturday night at the Auburn Soccer Complex in the second of back-to-back SEC road matches for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech outshot the Tigers 16-8 with 11 shots on goal, but Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard notched a season-high 10 saves in front of the net to seal the win for the Tigers.
"I told our team after the match I thought we played our most complete game," Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "This type of performance will win a lot of games down the stretch. We have to tighten the screws a bit this week and get ready for California next weekend."
The loss is just Tech's second of the season after beginning the year with five straight victories.
Auburn took a 2-0 lead midway through the first half with both goals coming off free kicks. However, the Red Raiders responded when Texas Tech junior Jessica Disabella connected on her first goal of the season in the 43rd minute to swing the momentum heading into the halftime break.
The goal was the sixth of Disabella's career.
"We were very pleased at halftime," Stone said. "Because our response to giving up two goals was great. We scored one and we knew we had the second half to equalize."
Tech went on to outshoot Auburn 10-3 in the second half but couldn't find the back of the net as Howard recorded six of her 10 saves in front of the net during the final 45 minutes.
Texas Tech freshman Janine Beckie led the Red Raider offense with a team-high five shots - two of which hit the cross bar and one hit the post.
Saturday marked the third time this season the Texas Tech defense has held an opponent to eight or less shots during a match.
Texas Tech will continue its season-high five-match road trip next weekend with two matches on the west coast. The Red Raiders will face No. 16 Long Beach State Friday and Cal State Fullerton Sunday, both of which will be played in Fullerton, Calif.