Red Raiders Capture Under Armour Invitational Title
Freshman Janine Beckie was named MVP of the Cal State Fullerton Under Armour Invitational leading Tech to two wins.
Sept. 16, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - With a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at Titan Stadium, Texas Tech put the finishing touches on an undefeated weekend and claimed the Under Armour Invitational title.
"It was typical Sunday game in terms of pace and two teams having just played 44 hours ago," head coach Tom Stone said. "But this one had a real jump to it. Both teams played with the full knowledge of what this win could mean down the road."
Beckie was named Tournament MVP with three goals throughout the weekend including the spectacular game-winner against Long Beach State Friday with just 31 seconds remaining in double-overtime. Beckie now leads the Red Raiders with six goals on the season to go along with a team-high 18 shots on goal.
"Janine has been consistent in that she is always ready and willing to go goal-to-goal," Stone said. "This has served her and our team well. Her pace is a real threat and her competitiveness is contagious."
Beckie got the Red Raiders on the board early in the first half with a goal in the 13th minute of play to give Texas Tech a 1-0 lead over the Titans. Tech would enter the halftime break with the 1-0 lead before Strahan netted her second goal of the season with a strike at the 81:37 mark.
The Titans would respond less than two minutes later though with a goal of their own as Christina Burkenroad sent a header into the near post to cut the Red Raider lead to 2-1 with less than seven minutes remaining.
However the Texas Tech defense shut the Titans down in the final minutes of play to secure the win.
Texas Tech goalkeeper Victoria Esson earned her sixth win of the season with four saves in front of the net - all of which came in the second half.
The Red Raiders will open Big 12 play Friday at West Virginia in Morgantown before returning home to face New Mexico State at the John Walker Soccer Complex on Sept. 23.
Janine Beckie, Fr., F, Texas Tech
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Janine Beckie, Texas Tech