Texas Tech Powers Past Oklahoma 2-1
Texas Tech scored two first half goals Friday night to power past Oklahoma 2-1 Friday night.
Sept. 28, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech used two first half goals to power past Oklahoma Friday night in its Big 12 home opener at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
In the midst of a steady rainfall, the Red Raiders outshot Oklahoma 26-10 while sophomore Paige Strahan and junior Jessica Fuston each found the back of the net. With the victory, the Red Raiders improved to 9-3 on the season and an even 1-1 in Big 12 play.
"Our mentality in the locker room leading up to kickoff was just great," head coach Tom Stone said. "The energy was great, and we just put Oklahoma on its heels in the opening minute. That led to the early goal. The fast start was important tonight, because it showed we were ready to play."
With the win, Texas Tech improved to a perfect 5-0 in games at the John Walker Soccer Complex this season where the Red Raiders are outscoring opponents by a margin of 12-2. Meanwhile, Tech has matched its best start through 12 games since 2010.
Strahan put the Red Raiders on the board early with a strike in the eighth minute of play off a pass from sophomore Jaelene Hinkle. The Odessa, Texas native took the pass inside the six-yard box, slid and punched the ball past Oklahoma keeper Kelsey Devonshire to give the Red Raiders the early 1-0 advantage.
The goal was Texas Tech's second quickest this season behind only freshman Janine Beckie's score just 17 seconds into the Red Raiders' season opener on Aug. 17 against Idaho.
Strahan has now scored in four straight matches dating back to Texas Tech's 2-1 win over No. 20 Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 16. The scoring streak is the longest since senior Dawn Ward scored in five straight matches during her freshman campaign in 2009.
It took the Sooners exactly one minute to respond with a goal of their own and tie the match 1-1 at the 8:54 mark of the first half. The score came courtesy of Renae Cuellar who put the Sooners on the board with her eighth goal of the season.
The Red Raiders and Sooners remained tied at 1-1 until the 42:01 mark when Fuston sent a header into the back of the net off a pass from Hinkle to retake the lead with less than three minutes remaining in the half. The assist was Hinkle's second on the night and marked a new career-high for the preseason All-Big 12 selection.
Fuston's goal was the 24th of her career to move into a tie for fourth all-time at Texas Tech with former Red Raider Brittney Harrison.
The momentum shift of Fuston's connection proved to be all the Red Raiders needed as they went on to outshoot the Sooners 16-7 in the second half of play and secure their fifth-straight win in a Big 12 home opener.
Beckie led the Red Raider attack Friday night with a game-high 12 shots - nine of which came in the second half. Meanwhile, junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson made three saves on the night for her eighth victory of the season in front of the net.
Texas Tech will continue its current four game home stand Sunday with a Big 12 match against Iowa State. First kick is set for 1 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex.