No. 15 Tech Tops Iowa State in Big 12 Opener|
Hannah Devine scored her first career game-winner Friday in Tech's 2-1 victory over Iowa State.
Sept. 27, 2013
AMES, Iowa - Two first half goals powered Texas Tech Friday night as the No. 15 Red Raiders defeated Iowa State 2-1 in its Big 12 opener at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
With the victory, Texas Tech moves to 10-1-0 on the season and 1-0 in Big 12 play while extending its winning streak to a school record seven matches. The Red Raiders also remained unbeaten on the road this season pushing their record to 3-0 on opponent's turf.
"We are thrilled to get the opening Big 12 win," head coach Tom Stone said. "The team played very well in stretches and held on with some great defense after Iowa State scored late. I'm so happy for Jade Dapaah and Bridgett Jenkins who anchored the backline tonight."
Strahan gave the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead early in the first half with her second goal of the season on a well-placed header that beat Iowa State goalkeeper Maddie Jobe. Strahan took a long looping free-kick from teammate Jade Dapaah and knocked the header home from inside the penalty box in the 22nd minute of play.
"It was a well executed set piece where Paige got in behind their backline and headed it past their goalkeeper." Stone said.
Dapaah, a transfer from Oklahoma, earned her first assist as a Red Raider while Strahan pushed her career scoring total to 11 goals.
Sophomore Hannah Devine then pushed Tech's lead to 2-0 with a shot from atop the penalty box off an assist from freshman Maddy Crabtree. The goal was signaled late as Jobe caught the shot attempt, but did so while falling behind the goal line.
Crabtree took the initial feed off a throw in by sophomore Alli Murphy.
With the two first half goals, Texas Tech has now outscored opponents 12-0 in the first half of play this season while the Red Raiders posted their ninth consecutive period of shutout soccer after Friday's opening half.
Esson made eight of her 10 saves in the first period - several of which came on diving efforts.
Iowa State then got on the board in the 83rd minute on a powerful header that beat Esson in front of the net. The strike came off the head of Haley Albert as she took the corner feed from just in front of the Texas Tech goal.
It marked the first goal given up by the Texas Tech defense in four matches dating back to Sept. 8. Tech entered the match with its longest shutout streak since 2010.
The Iowa State attack came too late however as Tech was able to run out the clock and secure the 2-1 victory - the Red Raiders' first in Ames since the 2008 season.
Texas Tech will complete its season-long six match road swing Sunday when the Red Raiders face Oklahoma State in Stillwater. First kick for the Big 12 match is set for 1 p.m. at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
"I'm happy for the girls and it's great to get into Big 12 play," Stone said. "But now it's all about recovery and a big challenge on Sunday with Oklahoma State."