Red Raiders Shutout Texas 1-0 in Austin|
Senior Dawn Ward scored her 20th career goal Friday night to send Tech past Texas 1-0 in Austin.
Oct. 12, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Dawn Ward's first goal of the 2012 season proved to be a pivotal one Friday night.
The Texas Tech senior connected on a strike in the 58th minute at Mike A. Myers Stadium to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 victory over Texas in a key Big 12 road match.
With the victory, Texas Tech moves to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders have now won back-to-back regular season games against the Longhorns dating back to a 3-2 double overtime victory last year at the John Walker Soccer Complex in Lubbock.
"We had some key players step up tonight," head coach Tom Stone said. "It was a total team effort. We had to move some people around, but our team gutted it out and we got the win."
Just over ten minutes into the second half of play, Ward took a deflected shot off the foot of freshman Janine Beckie, and punched it from just outside the six-yard box past Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith. The goal broke a scoreless tie to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
The strike, which marked the first goal allowed by Texas in Big 12 play this year, proved to be all the Red Raiders needed as they managed the remainder of the match and secured their third conference victory of the season. Ward now has 20 career goals and ranks fifth all-time on the Texas Tech career scoring list.
With the goal, Tech is now outscoring opponents 17-6 in the second half this season.
Texas Tech junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson registered five saves on the evening and recorded her 11th career shutout in the process. The Christchurch, New Zealand native who transferred to Texas Tech prior to the 2011 season now moves into a tie for second all-time at Texas Tech in career shutouts.
"Victoria was called upon to save us tonight," Stone said. "I thought she and the entire coordination of our back four was huge."
Esson has now recorded a total of four shutouts on the season.
The Red Raiders took control of the match early in the first half, creating several scoring opportunities including a strike from freshman Briana Rohmer in the 14th minute. Rohmer, who made her first career start on Friday, took a well-placed feed from Beckie inside the box and nearly punched into the back of the Texas net. But Smith, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, made one of her eight saves on the night to handle the dangerous shot.
Texas Tech went on to outshoot the Longhorns 10-8 in the first 45 minutes of play before Ward connected on her game-winner in Tech's first attack of the second half. Texas Tech is now a perfect 11-0 on the season when striking first.
The Red Raiders will return to action Sunday when they host Francis Marion at the John Walker Soccer Complex. The match has a scheduled first kick of 1 p.m. and will also serve as Senior Day.