No. 19 Red Raiders Shutout UC Davis 3-0|
Senior Victoria Esson picked up her 20th career shutout Friday as Tech blanked UC Davis 3-0.
Sept. 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Texas Tech posted its third straight shutout Friday afternoon as the No. 19 Red Raiders downed UC Davis 3-0 in the opening match of the Jack in the Box Classic.
With the victory, Texas Tech is officially off to its best start in school history moving to 8-1-0 on the season. The Red Raiders have done so in dominant fashion allowing just one goal in the previous five matches while moving to a perfect 4-0 in matches away from their home field.
Three sophomores found the back of the net Friday as each Alli Murphy, Caity Heap and Hannah Devine powered the Texas Tech offense. Meanwhile in front of the net, senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson picked up her 20th career shutout and her sixth of the 2013 season.
The Texas Tech attack started early in the match as Murphy got the Red Raiders on the board in just the 11th minute. She connected on her second goal of the season by way of a cross from junior Paige Strahan who turned in a stellar game at midfield picking up two assists on the day.
Moments after Tech took the 1-0 lead the Red Raiders struck again as Heap beat UC Davis keeper Taylor Jern to the left on a shot from atop the penalty box. The score marked Heap's third goal of the season.
The Red Raiders entered the halftime break with a 2-0 lead after controlling the entire first period with a commanding 13-1 advantage in shots.
Tech continued to pour on the offense in the second half of play as Devine connected on her first career goal in the 76th minute of play to give the Red Raiders a 3-0 lead. The Georgetown, Texas native scored on a header following a Texas Tech free kick.
Murphy picked up the assist from the free kick to match a career-high with three points on the day.
Anchoring the Texas Tech defense, each of Esson's two saves on the night came in the second half. The Red Raiders have now not allowed a goal since their 3-1 victory over Cal State Northridge on Sept. 8. Meanwhile, seven separate Texas Tech players have scored at least two goals through nine games this year.
Texas Tech returns to action Sunday when the Red Raiders face UC Santa Barbara at 11:30 a.m.