Oct. 16, 2011
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LUBBOCK, Texas -
Jessica Fuston knew this was a big game and a big opportunity to do something important for her team and especially four Texas Tech seniors.
The Texas Tech women's soccer team wanted to end a two-game Big 12 Conference losing streak to stay in the hunt for the postseason and send seniors Casey McCall, Taylor Lytle, Madison Terry and Maggie Fete out in style by getting the squad's first win against the Longhorns since 1999.
So when Tiffini Smith's pass crossed Fuston's path, she threw everything she had into the ball and pushed it into the back of the net past Texas keeper Alexa Gaul to score the game-winning goal in double overtime on Sunday night and gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 win over Texas at John Walker Soccer Complex.
"I saw Tiff dribbling and she has a really strong shot," said Fuston, who scored her team-leading eighth goal this season. "I saw it coming and just kind of threw my body at it (thinking) like, `It's going in.'
"Throughout the game (coach Tom Stone) kept telling us, `This is for our seniors.' We couldn't get it done in the first overtime but he kept telling us to just keep playing like we're playing and we'll get the win. In the second overtime we just pushed it."
Sunday night's win ended an 11-game winless streak against Texas. The Red Raiders last win over the Longhorns came on Oct. 8, 1999 -- which was also the last time Tech scored three goals against the 'Horns.
It was the third consecutive season Tech went into double-overtime against Texas, tying the last two contests, 0-0 and 2-2. It was the first win over Texas for Stone and his staff since taking over the program in 2007.
The win keeps Texas Tech (10-5-2, 3-2-1 Big 12) undefeated on Sundays this season (7-0-1) and moves the Red Raiders into fourth place in the current Big 12 standings with 10 points.
"We really challenged the team tonight to be at their best," Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "Texas was playing very well but we needed the win badly and we played lights out tonight."
Tech played one of its most aggressive games this season, outshooting Texas 24-15 - led by McCall's four shots including one to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead in regulation. It was the third goal this season for McCall and second of the weekend.
"Casey was everything a senior captain should be tonight." Stone said. "She played a ton of shutout minutes at center-back and then went forward to score on the corner and play some significant minutes up top for us."
Lytle also had a record night of her own, assisting the game-winning goal with Smith to become the all-time assists leader at Tech with 27.
Another big crowd of 1,232 fans showed up for Sunday's home finale. Tech is averaging nearly 2,000 fans a game in its last three contests at John Walker Soccer Complex.
"Our fans played a big role tonight--they were fantastic in keeping the energy up in the stadium," Stone said. "They helped make this a special night for us since it was our last home game of the season. We've tied these guys the last two years at their place--it was time we get a win and being at home sure helped.
"We've broken every attendance record this season and I can't say enough about the impact our loyal fans have made on us and on this program. They have created a legitimate home field advantage for us and its made game night a magical experience for our girls."
Tech now heads to Ames, Iowa, on Friday to play Iowa State (7-8-1, 0-5) at 6:30 p.m. before ending the regular season in Stillwater, Okla., against No. 2 Oklahoma State (15-0-1, 4-0-1) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27.