Tech Beats Toledo in Final Match of Red Raider Classic|
Sept. 11, 2011
Texas Tech's Dawn Ward scored two goals in the first half to lead the Red Raider soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Toledo in the final match of the Red Raider Classic in front of 908 fans at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
"The attitude and effort today from the girls was excellent," Tech head coach Tom Stone said after the match. "It was a short turnaround from the overtime game late Friday night, but you couldn't tell by the way we started the game with a great burst."
Tech's (4-3) first goal of the match came in the 30th minute as Ward created space on a perfect pass from Erin Inman. Ward from the left side of the box, put a ball to the far post rolling it past Toledo's Vicki Traven for her first goal of the season.
Ward struck again in the 42nd minute with another goal that she put to the far post past the keeper. With the goal, Ward became the second player in Tech history to score two goals in the first half. The first was Carrie Graham in 1999 against Missouri.
Ward now has 19 career goals moving to No. 5 on the school's all-time career list. Her five total points in the match ties her for second in a single match in Tech history.
"Dawn (Ward) has been very focused over the last two weeks and her concentration on both goals was excellent," Stone said. "Dawn's overall game today was set up by her work rate - when her defenders were catching their breath -- Dawn was ready to run again. Two goals and an assist, what a great day for Dawn and it came at a perfect time for our team."
The final goal of the match started when Ward sent a cross to the far post. Junior Sarah Ellison took the cross off the body and connected for her first goal of the season.
The three goals scored by Tech are the most in a match this season.
"Well, it was time these goals went in," Stone said. "We have been all over the goal in six of our seven games this season and I kept telling the team they would start to fall for us - too many chances and too many good scorers on this team for the trend to continue much longer."