Tech Ends in Scoreless Tie at Texas|
Oct. 8, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Playing in its second-straight overtime game, the Texas Tech soccer team played to a 0-0 double overtime tie against Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin on Friday night.
It marked the second-consecutive year that Tech (9-4-1/2-2-1 Big 12) and Texas (7-3-3/0-2-2 Big 12) have ended in a tie as last year's game finished in a 2-2 double overtime tie in Austin on Oct. 23. The two teams have played in Austin three of the last four years.
"We figured we'd get Texas' best shot given their need for points and they did play well in the first half," said head coach Tom Stone. "We weathered the storm and played much better in the second half to make the game even."
Sophomore Tiffini Smith was dangerous the entire game and logged the full 110 minutes of play.
"Tiffini was very good tonight and carried the load for our midfield," Stone stated. "It became a game of transition for a spell and Tiffini looked dangerous throughout the second half."
Smith had the best chance of the game in overtime when she slammed a rebound past the Texas goalkeeper for what appeared to be the sudden death winner, but an alert Texas defender swooped in and cleared the ball off the line.
Junior Taylor Lytle played limited minutes again as she returns to action after suffering an ankle sprain in the North Texas game.
Junior Casey McCall and her backline were stellar once again in posting their ninth shutout of the year, which is a school record for most shutouts in a season.
"Casey continues to mature as the leader of our backline," said Stone. "Her speed, heading and competitiveness are traits that are serving her well in these tight battles."
Sophomore Erin Wikelius played all 110 minutes in the nets for the Red Raiders as she registered three saves in her third shutout of the year and of her career. Wikelius is now 3-1-1 on the season.
The Longhorns outshot the Red Raiders 15-11 and recorded 12 corner kicks to Tech's six.
"Sitting where we are in the league, we needed at least a point even though we wanted three and we will take it on the road and head to College Station," stated Stone.
Heading into the game at No. 10 Texas A&M, Tech is ranked 17th in the first official NCAA RPI, the second highest ranked Big 12 school, and sits in fifth place in the Big 12 standings with seven points with five conference games remaining. The Red Raiders and the Aggies kick-off at 1:30 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 10, at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.