Tech Drops Big 12 Opener at West Virginia, 3-2
Senior Morgan Johnson scored her first career goal Friday night at West Virginia.
Sept. 21, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - In the first ever meeting between the two schools, Texas Tech fell to West Virginia 3-2 Friday night in its 2012 Big 12 opener at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The Red Raiders overcame an early 2-0 deficit and tied the match late in the second half, but West Virginia netted the game-winner on a penalty kick at the 78:42 mark to snap Tech's two-match winning streak.
With the loss the Red Raiders fall to 7-3 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 Conference play.
"We regrouped at the half and did very well to break them down and equalized with two goals of our own," head coach Tom Stone said. "Unfortunately, we were only tied for a short period before we gave up a penalty kick to allow West Virginia to regain the lead. It was a brutal way for this game to end after our dramatic comeback and total control of the second half."
Senior Morgan Johnson and sophomore Paige Strahan netted goals for the Red Raiders. Johnson scored her first career goal five minutes into the second half, while Strahan tied the match with her third goal of the season in the 73rd minute.
Texas Tech outshot the Mountaineers 16-12 on the night and held the advantage in shots on goal 8-6, but suffered its first loss in a Big 12 opener since 2008.
West Virginia scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into halftime before Tech mounted its comeback attempt early in the second half. Johnson's goal at the 50:08 mark cut West Virginia's lead to just one off a cross from teammate Hayley Haagsma. The assist was Haagmsa's first of the season.
Strahan then tied the match with a strike from 20-yards out off an assist from sophomore Erin Inman. The assist was also Inman's first of the season.
West Virginia's Frances Silva scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 79th minute to give the Mountaineers the 3-2 lead and eventually the match. The goal was her seventh on the season.
Texas Tech will return home from its season long five-match road swing Sunday when the Red Raiders square off with New Mexico State at the John Walker Soccer Complex. First kick for the first home match since Aug. 31 is set for 1 p.m.
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