Rohmer Sends No. 24 Tech Past Arizona State
No. 24 Texas Tech defeated Arizona State Friday night as sophomore Briana Rohmer scored the game-winner in overtime.
Sept. 13, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore Briana Rohmer scored her second career game-winning goal Friday night as No. 24 Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 1-0 in overtime.
With the victory, Texas Tech moves to 6-1-0 on the year and concludes play at the 2013 `Cats Classic in Tucson with a match against host school Arizona on Sunday.
"It was really good to see us pull back a game that was at best even," head coach Tom Stone said. "Credit Arizona State, they had us in trouble a few times. We responded well in the second half, and then had almost all of the game in overtime."
Texas Tech has now shutout five of its seven opponents on the season while senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson recorded her 18th career shutout with an impressive performance against the Sun Devils. Through Friday night, Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 with just four goals allowed this season.
Rohmer's goal came in the 100th minute of play following a perfect sequence of passes between sophomores Janine Beckie and Jaelene Hinkle which founder her in inside the box as she sent a header into the back of the net.
Hinkle and Beckie were each credited with an assist on the well-choreographed attack.
"The winner was really special," Stone said. "A sweet 1-2 on the flank between Janine Beckie and Jaelene Hinkle sent to Jae in space then Hinkle whipped in a great cross that Rohmer headed home with authority. At that point you'll take any goal, but one of that caliber was especially satisfying."
Rohmer has now scored in back-to-back matches for the first time in her career as she netted a goal in Tech's 3-1 victory over Cal State Northridge.
In front of the net, Esson made four saves on the night while recorded a full 100-minutes of play.
"Victoria had not really been challenged all year with the exception of the Long Beach State match," Stone said. "So tonight when Arizona State was on top of us, Victoria was called upon several times and she responded with a least two big-time saves to keep the clean sheet."
Beckie led the Texas Tech attack on the night with six shots, while the Red Raiders controlled possession in the extra period holding a 3-1 advantage in shots.
Texas Tech returns to action Sunday with a 3:30 p.m. (CST) first kick against host Arizona at Murphey Field in Tucson.
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