Tech Comes Up Short at Missouri|
Oct. 5, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Missouri would net two goals and keep Texas Tech on the defense for the majority of the match en route to a 2-0 win Sunday at the Audrey J. Walton Complex.
With the loss, Tech drops to 6-5-1 overall and 1-4 in Big 12 play, while Missouri improves to 8-3-0 overall and 3-1 in conference.
Tech's first half offensive struggles would once again continue as the Red Raiders attempted only one shot in the first half. Missouri gained the lead at halftime off Michelle Collins' diving header from a Bree Thornton cross in the 15th minute.
Kristin Andrighetto put the match away for the Tigers in the 74th minute, taking a Michelle Collins pass from the left side of the box and firing to the near post for her fifth goal of the season.
Tech goalkeeper Tina Rincon had a busy day, collecting seven saves, which overtakes Megan Knauss for second place on the school's all-time career saves chart. Tech head coach Tom Stone said Rincon and freshman defender Casey McCall were the main reasons why Tech remained in the match to the very end.
"The team played their hearts out today again, I can't fault them for their effort." Stone said. "We played well defensively for the most part. When we started making our way back into the game, they got their second goal, and it was too much to overcome."
Missouri controlled the ball throughout the match, maintaining a 16-3 shot advantage, while taking two corner kicks to Tech's one.
Stone announced after the match that sophomore midfielder Halie Cdebaca and freshman forward Kendyl Mygatt would both miss the remainder of the season following knee injuries sustained last weekend against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The duo had a combined 18 starts between them this season.
The Red Raiders return to the John Walker Soccer Complex next weekend to face Baylor Oct. 10 in the annual Battle for the Brand match and the nationally-ranked Texas Longhorns Oct. 12.