Texas Tech Extends Unbeaten Streak Against Oklahoma
Oct. 4, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech capitalized on two early corner kicks and added another goal immediately after halftime en route to a 3-1 victory over Oklahoma Sunday at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
The Red Raiders (8-4-1; 3-0-1) conclude the weekend still in second place in the Big 12 standings as their 10 points trail only Colorado, who fell to Baylor Sunday afternoon. With the loss, Oklahoma falls to 6-6-1 overall and 1-3-0 in conference.
The weekend sweep was Tech's first since the 2007 season. The win also evened the all-time series with the Sooners at 6-6-1.
"Well, I think it's a long-time coming in terms of getting two wins on a weekend," Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "Given the fact that it came inside the Big 12, the wins were very rewarding. We obviously have the meat of the schedule ahead of us now with some very, very good teams and some big games on the road. Are we prepared for it? Yes. Are we going to have to be really good to get these kind of results going forward? Yes we will."
Casey McCall opened the Tech scoring run early in the first period, heading a Conner Williams corner kick in the 8th minute for her first goal of the season. The goal was the second of McCall's two-year career.
Dawn Ward added to the Tech lead around eight minutes later, taking the rebound from a blocked McCall header attempt off another Williams corner kick and firing past OU goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire for her team-leading ninth goal of the season. The goal was also Ward's third game-winner of the season.
The Red Raider backline continued its shutout streak throughout most of the match as it went 225-consecutive minutes without a goal allowed, dating back to the Nebraska match, until OU's Whitney Palmer connected on her 12th goal of the season in the 75th minute.
Tech had previously taken a 3-0 lead prior to Palmer's goal off Sarah Ellison's fourth goal of the season that came from a Taylor Lytle pass from the right side of the box. The assist was Lytle's NCAA-leading 10th of the year and broke the Tech single-season record previously held by Kristi Patterson (1994) and Kristy Frantz (1998). Lytle also tied Patterson for second on the career assist chart.
"I am so proud of Taylor because each of these assists have been big assists," Stone said. "We haven't won 8-0. We haven't played a soft schedule. We haven't padded our schedule so that our players could build stats. She has had assists that were quality assists in big moments, in big games. That makes breaking the record all much more special. I haven't seen a midfielder like her so far this season. I think she is playing her best soccer right now and these assists are the reward."
Backed by five shots from both Lytle and Tiffini Smith, the Red Raiders maintained a 20-8 shot advantage in the match, while also attempting three corner kicks to OU's two.
After six-straight matches at home, Tech returns to the road next weekend, traveling to face Kansas for a 4 p.m. match next Friday, before tackling Missouri at 1 p.m. the following Sunday.
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