No. 2 Oklahoma State outlasts Tech
Texas Tech now prepares for Big 12 Tournament.
Oct. 28, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer team went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 Oklahoma State Cowgirls, falling 2-0 at Cowgirl Soccer Complex on Thursday night.
"What a well played game by both teams," Tech head coach Tom Stone said after the game. "First congrats must go to Oklahoma State as it is a deserving champion this season. They are very hard to score on and did not get rattled -- even when we had them a couple of times. It's quite an accomplishment to go undefeated for an entire season. Hats off to them and their seniors."
The Red Raiders (10-7-2, 3-4-1 Big 12) took 17 shots with seven on goal during the match, led once again by senior Taylor Lytle. Lytle totaled four shots -- three on goal while leading goal scorer Jessica Fuston had three put on goal as well.
Oklahoma State's Taylor Matthews opened the scoring in the 40th minute when the corner kick deflected off of Tech's Paige Strahan past Gabby Kaufman, who was starting in goal for Tech for the second consecutive game. The Cowgirls would score a second time when Kyndall Treadwell recovered a loose ball and fired it past Kaufman from about 20 yards out.
"Yeah, that was a rough one and totally against the run of play," Stone said about the own goal. "The corner kick was driven near post right at us but the clearance went the wrong way and into our goal. I feel for Paige because she played a great game tonight. Credit to her that she shook it off and played a big role the rest of the game."
Tech will spend the next five days preparing for the opening round of the Big 12 Soccer Tournament, which begins Wednesday in San Antonio. The Red Raiders will find out their seeding following the conclusion of Friday night's regular season games.
"We are playing such good soccer right now and our girls are so invested in this pursuit that we are more than ready for the Big 12 tournament," Stone said. "We will take what we need from tonight and head to San Antonio with a lot to play for."