Tech Puts on a Show in Regular Season Finale|
Oct. 26, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech put on a show Friday night in the NSCAA College Game of the Week as the Red Raiders shutout Oklahoma State 2-0 in front of a nationally televised audience at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Freshman Janine Beckie, who entered the match as Tech's leading scorer, connected on two second half goals as the Red Raiders broke the school record for victories in a single season with their 14th of the year.
Texas Tech (14-4-1, 5-2-1 Big 12) secured a third place finish in the highly-competitive Big 12 marking the highest conference finish in school history with the Big 12 tournament looming next week in San Antonio.
"We're not done yet," head coach Tom Stone said after the match. "The team is not done yet. We are peaking in fitness right now and have a lot of soccer ahead of us."
On a chilly Friday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 40s, the Red Raiders outshot Oklahoma State 18-9, and with the victory finished the regular season an impressive 8-1 in home matches. The Red Raiders are now 22-7-1 at home since 2010.
After a scoreless first half, Beckie put Texas Tech on top in the 55th minute punching a deflected shot into the back of the net from inside the 6-yard box to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead. The goal swung the momentum of a back-and-forth match comfortably into the Red Raiders favor as Tech entered the game 13-0-1 on the season when striking first.
Senior Morgan Johnson picked up the assist on the score marking her fourth of the season.
The Red Raiders then struck once again as Beckie took a long feed from teammate Tiffini Smith across midfield and beat Oklahoma State's Carson Michalowski for a clean shot at the Cowgirl goal. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native then blasted a shot from 12 yards out and beat Oklahoma State goalkeeper Andrianna Franch to the right to put Tech up 2-0 in the 71st minute.
"It was just pure class," Stone said. "She took her time, set up the defender, juked left and hit it left-footed back post. It was a great goal and put the game away for us."
Smith picked up her third assist of the season on the well-placed feed. Meanwhile, the goal was Beckie's 11th on the year to match the most by a Texas Tech freshman since teammate Jessica Fuston scored 11 during her rookie campaign in 2010.
The strike also marked Beckie's second multi-goal performance of the season as she netted two in a 3-2 double overtime victory at No. 20 Long Beach State earlier in the season.
Texas Tech goalkeeper Victoria Esson picked up her fifth shutout of the year with the win after making two saves on the night - both of which came in the first half. Texas Tech now has posted a total of eight shutouts on the year after setting a school record with 10 just last season.
Meanwhile, Esson now has a total of 12 shutouts in her short career to move just one shutout performance behind former Red Raider Tina Rincon for the all-time lead.
The Red Raiders, now riding a five-match unbeaten streak, will head to San Antonio for the Big 12 Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed Kansas on Oct. 31. First kick for the match is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Big 12 Digital Network.