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Rincon's Shutout Powers Tech Past Iowa State
 

 
Tina Rincon
 
Tina Rincon
 

Oct. 17, 2008

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LUBBOCK, Texas - After a scoreless first 45 minutes, the Texas Tech soccer team was able to capitalize off Tina Rincon's 13th career shutout en route to a 2-0 victory over Iowa State Friday night at the ISU Soccer Complex.

After dropping 10-consecutive matches from the Cyclones, the Red Raiders have defeated ISU in back-to-back season for the first time in school history to improve to 8-6-1 overall and 3-5-0 in the Big 12. Iowa State falls to 5-9-1 overall and 0-5-1 in conference.

Tech had not previously won eight matches in a season since 1998 when the Red Raiders finished 8-11-1. With two conference matches remaining, the Red Raiders end the night tied for seventh in the Big 12 with nine points, five more than ninth place Baylor.

"There was a great edge to our team tonight that earned a huge Big 12 road win at a place that is traditionally hard to take points from," Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "It was a must win for us and a great night for the team."

Leanne Mihelich would help get Tech on the board first, pressuring a Cyclone defender into heading a Taylor Lytle serve past ISU goalkeeper Ashley Costanzo in the 58th minute to give Tech a 1-0 lead.

Tech would put the match away seven minutes later, this time off a Sarabeth Clopton header from a Lytle corner for her fourth goal of the season. Lytle now has seven assists this season, two off the Tech single season record of nine that was set by Kristi Patterson in the 1994 inaugural season.

Tina Rincon held the Cyclones scoreless down the stretch, matching her season-high of nine saves, while posting her fifth shutout of the season. Already the Tech career shutouts leader, Rincon now has 293 saves over her four-year career.

 

 

"As proud as we are of all the great performances tonight, this game belongs to Tina Rincon, who was unbelievable tonight in key moments when we were in some real trouble," Stone said. "This was a career performance in goal and could not have come at a better time. Tina was simply fantastic."

Despite controlling the ball throughout the match, Tech was limited to only 13 shots, compared to Iowa State's 21, but was able to maintain an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.

The Red Raiders return to the field Sunday at Nebraska. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from the Nebraska Soccer Field.

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