Kansas Uses Second Half Surge To Beat Tech
Oct. 15, 2011
The Texas Tech women's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision on Friday night to Kansas before a record crowd of 2,288 fans on Senior Night at John Walker Soccer Complex.
The Red Raiders (9-5-2, 2-2-1 Big 12) had multiple goal opportunities in the first half and consistently pressured Kansas (10-6, 2-3) defensively with seven shots - six on goal - in the first 15 minutes.
A hand ball in Tech's box gave Kansas midfielder Whitney Berry a penalty kick and the Jayhawks got on the board first at the 31-minute mark.
"The PK really shifted the momentum away from the rhythm up to that point," Stone said. "Through the first 10 minutes, we had enough good looks to have already won the game. Unfortunately, Kansas weathered that part of the game and then found themselves up a goal. They played with great confidence from that point forward."
Kansas would add another goal early in the second half when Amy Grow launched a shot just inside midfield, ricocheting off the right post and into the net.
"Brutal--is all I can say about that goal," Stone said. "A shot from midfield--that obviously was a low point for us in the game. It was a routine play to run the ball out of danger but hesitation crept in and no one touched it--and it rolled into the post and in. Our backline and keepers have been brilliant this year but this is one they would like to have back obviously."
Four Tech seniors - Casey McCall, Taylor Lytle, Madison Terry and Maggie Fete - were honored before the start of the game on Senior Night. McCall was moved up top late in the game and it paid off quickly when she ran down a through ball and banged it into and open net to make it 2-1 at the 81st minute mark.
"You know that was a great effort by Casey and it gave us life late to hopefully tie the game up," Stone said. "Unfortunately, as we continued to take risk to get even--KU capitalized and got the third goal."
KU's Jamie Fletcher added one more goal with four minutes remaining to seal the 3-1 win.
Tech ended the night with 18 shots to Kansas' 10, led by Lytle's four.
Tech will play its final home game at 7 p.m. on Sunday against Texas (9-5-1, 3-2-1).