Red Raiders Complete Weekend Sweep on Sunday|
Oct. 14, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - A convincing 3-0 shutout of Francis Marion on Senior Day put the finishing touches on a weekend sweep for Red Raiders on Sunday afternoon at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Texas Tech outshot the Patriots by a 35-5 margin, and with the victory improve to 12-4 on the season. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders now boast a nearly unblemished 7-1 record at home.
"It's everything," head coach Tom Stone said of the weekend sweep. "Right now everyone is jockeying for position and everybody wants to be good enough at the end of the year and build up their resume. Getting to that 12-win mark is great, but obviously there is a lot of work left to be done."
Texas Tech, who honored nine student-athletes representing the 2012 senior class prior to the match, completed the dominant weekend with back-to-back shutouts after taking a 1-0 win over Texas in Austin on Friday night.
Texas Tech has now shutout seven opponents in 2012, while the 12 wins are just one victory shy of the single-season program record of 13 set in 1996.
The Red Raiders got on the board early compliments of an own-goal by Francis Marion who deflected a Texas Tech strike into its own net in the opening minute of the match. The score came just 57 seconds into the game and helped to set an early tone to the match.
Tech, who entered the game a perfect 11-0 when taking the first lead of a match, never looked back as Jessica Disabella and Leah Christensen each netted goals of their own while the Red Raiders controlled the attack the rest of the way.
Disabella gave Texas Tech a comfortable 2-0 lead in the 25th minute with a powerful strike from the left side that beat Francis Marion goalkeeper Taylor O'Berry to her left. The strike came off an assist from freshman Caity Heap and marked Disabella's second goal of the season. The assist was the first of Heap's young career.
The Red Raiders entered halftime with a 2-0 lead after scoring multiple goals in the opening 45 minutes for the fourth time this season.
Christensen, who was recognized prior to the match in the Senior Day ceremony, then put the game away with her first career goal in the 86th minute.
The Red Raiders now hit the road for a critical two-match road trip featuring Big 12 matches at TCU and Kansas. Tech will face TCU Friday evening at 7 p.m. in Ft. Worth before traveling to Lawrence to face the Jayhawks on Sunday.