Hofstra Steals Late Win Over Tech
The Red Raiders celebrate Jaelene Hinkle's goal
The Texas Tech soccer team dropped a heart-breaker to Hofstra in overtime on a penalty kick in the 98th minute in the nightcap of the Red Raider Classic in front of 1,195 fans at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
"The first half was fairly even and you could see the quality of Hofstra, especially on set plays where they connected on a corner," said head coach Tom Stone. "However the second half was all ours and we completely dominated the play for the rest of the match and through overtime right up until the official called the PK that handed the game to Hofstra on a silver platter. We do have to accept blame for allowing them to hang around that long in a game where we had 30 shots and multiple chances to put them away but this result in a tough one to accept given the details of the final moments."
The deciding goal of the match came on a penalty kick scored in sudden death overtime by Hofstra's Laura Greene. Greene beat Victoria Esson as she dinked the ball to the right side of the net. It is Tech's first loss in overtime since Nebraska on Oct. 3, 2010.
The Red Raiders dominated a physical contest outshooting Hofstra 30-18 over the entire match.
Hofstra (3-1) put the first goal on the board in the 20th minute by Sam Scolarici off a rebound with traffic in the box.
The Red Raiders (3-3) took only five minutes to answer. Freshmen Jaelene Hinkle drilled a free kick outside of the box and the lefty bent the ball into the top of the net for her first career goal.
"Jae (Hinkle) has already shown her class in previous games down the left flank and tonight she took it up another level with her perfect execution of the set piece that froze the keeper and equalized the game," Stone said. "Jae has some very special qualities and her play so far this season has been exceptional."
In the second half, Tech continued attacking and shooting to a tune of 19-7 over the second half. Jessica Fuston and Taylor Lytle led the team with six shots a piece. Lytle ran past Hofstra defenders all night long and appeared destined to create the winner but chances and crosses went wanting all night long.
"Lytle was dynamic in the dribble tonight and was the player Hofstra just could not solve," said Stone. "I feel for her and the rest of this team because they deserved much more than they got tonight. "
Tech will return to the pitch on Sunday to face Toledo in the final match of the Red Raider Classic at 12:30 p.m.