Red Raiders Rout New Mexico State 5-0|
Sophomore Paige Strahan scored two goals in Sunday's 5-0 rout of New Mexico State.
Sept. 23, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sophomore Paige Strahan erupted for two goals and Texas Tech outshot New Mexico State 21-8 Sunday afternoon as the Red Raiders stormed to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Aggies.
With the win, Texas Tech improves to 8-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 at the John Walker Soccer Complex. The dominant performance came after falling to West Virginia 3-2 Friday, and on the heels of a nearly 1,500 mile return trip from Morgantown, W.V.
"It was a true testament to our mentality," head coach Tom Stone said. "We needed to have a response that was led by our mind and heart, and our performance followed. We were not in great condition today coming out of the locker room to give this kind of performance. But our mentality was strong and we played to a high standard to put them away."
Four Red Raiders found the back of the net Sunday including Strahan along with Janine Beckie, Morgan Johnson and Caity Heap. Heap recorded her first career goal, while Johnson netted her second goal of the weekend after registering her first career goal Friday at West Virginia.
For Strahan, Sunday marked her first career multi-goal performance.
"Paige is playing very aggressive and with an assertive behavior," Stone said. "She is in a rhythm and when she is given a chance to pull the trigger she is not hesitating."
The win marked Texas Tech's fifth shutout this year while allowing just one goal at home in four contests.
Texas Tech jumped on the board early when Strahan netted her first goal of the afternoon in the 14th minute of action. She then followed with a long blast from just beyond the 18-yard box to beat New Mexico State goalkeeper Mikaela Bitner to her right and give the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead which they would carry into halftime.
Strahan increased her season goal total to five with the two scores while bringing her career total to six.
The Red Raiders didn't slow down out of the half time break either as Beckie netted her seventh goal this season in the 72nd minute to put Tech up 3-0. The goal came off an assist from junior Jessica Fuston who led Beckie perfectly with a header into the penalty area.
Johnson then added to the lead with a long blast from the right side just beyond the 18-yard box for her second career goal and second score of the weekend. Heap put the finishing touches on the rout in the 84th minute with a strike from the middle of the box to put Texas Tech up 5-0 and close out the dominant Sunday performance.
Sunday marked the first time Texas Tech has scored five goals in a match since defeating Arizona by the same score at home last season.
The Red Raiders will continue their four-match home swing Friday as they host Big 12 rival Oklahoma at the John Walker Soccer Complex. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.