Tech Blows Past Kansas in Second Half
Oct. 21, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - A second half outburst by Texas Tech helped the Red Raiders to blow past Kansas 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The victory brought a two-match Big 12 road trip to a close while the Red Raiders move to 13-4-1 on the season and 4-2-1 in Big 12 play.
Texas Tech has now matched the school record for wins in a single season with the final home game of the year set for Friday night at the John Walker Soccer Complex in front of a nationally televised audience on FOX Soccer Channel.
"It was a big road win," head coach Tom Stone said. "The thing I was most pleased with was how we took back the game in the second half. Kansas played very well and had us on our heels in the first 45 minutes. We changed our game plan at the half and the players really stepped up their game to get us back in it."
Texas Tech used a long strike from sophomore Paige Strahan from the top of the penalty box to take its first lead of the match at 2-1 in the 71st minute of play. Strahan took a feed from freshman Hannah Devine, swung around a defender and rifled the shot past Jayhawk goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau for the eventual game-winner.
The goal was Strahan's eight of the season and her fifth game-winner. Her five game-winning goals are the most by a Red Raiders since 1996 while her eight goals are second on the team behind freshman Janine Beckie with nine.
"Her goal was a real momentum changer," Stone said.
The Jayhawks struck first early in the match as Courtney Dickerson connected on her fourth goal of the season to put Kansas on top 1-0 in the 15th minute of play.
The Red Raiders then responded at the end of the first half when senior Dawn Ward sent a header into the back of the net for her second goal of the season and the 21st goal of her decorated career. Ward took a feed from fellow senior Morgan Johnson, and headed a rebound from her own initial strike into the Kansas net.
The goal tied the match at 1-1 heading into the halftime break.
The back-and-forth match would then remain tied before Strahan rifled in her game-winner at the 70:38 mark.
A Kansas own goal gave the Red Raiders a commanding 3-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Texas Tech returns to action Friday when the Red Raiders host their season finale at the John Walker Soccer Complex against Oklahoma State. The game will play host to the NSCAA/FOX Soccer College Game of the Week.
First kick Friday is set for 7 p.m.