Strahan Scores Game-Winner to Send Tech Past Cyclones
Paige Strahan scored in her fifth-straight match to send Tech past Iowa State Sunday.
Sept. 30, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas. - Texas Tech sophomore Paige Strahan netted her fourth game-winning goal of the season on Sunday afternoon to give the Red Raiders their third-straight win with a 2-1 victory over Iowa State.
The Odessa, Texas native took a feed from freshman Janine Beckie and punched it past Iowa State goalkeeper Andrea Swanson in the 54th minute of action for her sixth goal in the last five matches.
With the victory, the Red Raiders improve to 10-3 on the season and move to 2-1 in Big 12 play after opening the weekend with a 2-1 win over Oklahoma Friday night.
"It was big because it's six points and every Big 12 game seems to come down to the final moment," head coach Tom Stone said. "There's just no easy game in the Big 12 and to get two wins this weekend is just huge."
Strahan has now scored in five-straight matches, including a two-score performance against New Mexico State on Sept. 23, to bring her total to seven on the year. She is the first Red Raider to score in five consecutive matches since senior Dawn Ward scored in five straight during her freshman season in 2009.
Texas Tech is now off to its best start through 13 games in program history, and is a perfect 6-0 at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Freshman Janine Beckie got the Red Raiders on the board early in the first half with her team-leading eighth goal of the season. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. product sent a deep shot from just outside the penalty box to beat Swanson to her right and give the Red Raiders early the 1-0 lead.
Iowa State would tie the match at the 32:24 mark with a penalty kick as Theresa Kucera netted her second goal of the season to tie the match at 1-1.
Texas Tech and Iowa State would enter the halftime break knotted at 1-1. The Red Raiders entered Sunday a perfect 9-0 when leading or tied at the half, and that wouldn't change Sunday afternoon.
Strahan, who scored the Red Raiders' opening goal Friday night against Oklahoma, netted her game-winner at the 54:11 mark Sunday off a feed from Beckie. Strahan took the feed inside the 6-yard box and punched it into the back of the net to give Tech the 2-1 lead.
The assist was Beckie's third of the season which is good for second on the team behind sophomore Jaelene Hinkle with four. Beckie, who leads the team with 19 points this season, also led the Red Raider attack Sunday with a game-high seven shots, four of which were on target.
Iowa State nearly tied the game with under a minute remaining when Brittany Morgan blasted a shot towards the Texas Tech net, but Esson made a diving deflection to steal Iowa State's attempt at tying the match. The spectacular save was one of a career-high seven for Esson who notched her 18th career win with the performance.
Texas Tech will wrap up its season long four-match homestand next Friday with a Big 12 showdown against Baylor. First kick for the match is set for 7 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex.