Lytle's Goal Keeps Tech Undefeated in Big 12 Play
Oct. 2, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - After a day full of distractions, Texas Tech was able to create enough offense to get by Baylor, 1-0, Friday night in the annual Battle for the Brand match at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Taylor Lytle had the match's only goal off a penalty kick in the 42nd minute, which was enough to allow Tech (7-4-1; 2-0-1) to defend the rivalry trophy for the fourth-consecutive season. With the loss, Baylor drops to 4-3-3 overall and 0-2-1 in Big 12 play.
The Red Raiders began the day with a ribbon cutting ceremony that honored Tech alum and stadium namesake John Walker for his great contribution to the second-year complex.
"It was a big night for everybody and the important thing was I thought we kept our focus and concentrated on the game," Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "I thought we attacked well all night long, and it was a special night for everyone. The Horns were here, the Walkers were here, we had a big crowd, and the smallest player on the field was our MVP. I thought Taylor Lytle was special. The move she made to create the PK was something you won't see many players in the country pull off. She was spectacular."
With the wind in its favor in the first half, Tech maintained an 11-3 shot advantage, but was nearly shutout until Lytle made her move in the 42nd minute, causing a Baylor foul inside the box. In what was Tech's first penalty kick since the 2007 season, Lytle found the upper-right corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Tech continued its strong defensive play in the second half as goalkeeper Colleen Pitts collected all four of her saves in the period. The shutout was the second consecutive for Pitts, who also held Iowa State scoreless last weekend.
The Red Raiders created numerous offensive opportunities in the match with 20 shot attempts, including nine on goal, while also attempting nine corner kick. Lytle led the Tech offense with six shot attempts, with all coming on goal, while Tiffini Smith and Conner Williams both added four shots.
Tech has defeated Baylor in all four years since the Battle for the Brand was originated by former Tech and Baylor coaches Neil McGuire and George Van Linder in 2006.
"Well (keeping the trophy) is something we want to fight for," Stone said. "We are undefeated in the series, and we want to keep that going. It means a lot to our team. We have a nice rivalry with Baylor, so we are happy to keep the trophy here."
The Red Raiders close the weekend homestand against the Oklahoma Sooners at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Sooners fell to Colorado, 5-1, Friday night.