Tech Blanks Longhorns 1-0 in Regular Season Finale|
Nov. 1, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 12 Texas Tech soccer team capped off its regular season with a 1-0 shutout victory over Texas Friday night in front of more than 1,700 fans at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
With the victory, the Red Raiders move to 16-1-2 on the season and complete an unbeaten run through Big 12 play with a mark of 6-0-2. Tech also secured a program-best second place finish in the Big 12 standings and will face TCU Wednesday in the first round of the conference tournament in Kansas City.
"It's huge," Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "We had a couple of draws away from home which were tough. To be unbeaten in conference play is a feat that we didn't set aside at the beginning of the year, but it's one that the girls are quite proud of."
Tech sophomore forward Janine Beckie provided the game-winner early in the opening half after a long feed downfield from Jaelene Hinkle deflected off Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith. Beckie took the deflection inside the penalty box, and punched it into the back corner of the net to give Tech the early advantage.
With the goal, the Red Raiders grabbed the 1-0 lead in just the third minute and marched to their 15th shutout in 19 matches this year. Texas Tech surrendered just six goals in the regular season shattering the previous low of 16 set last year.
Beckie, a 2012 All-American, now leads the Red Raiders with nine goals on the season and has scored in three-straight matches for the first time in her career. Friday's goal marked her 10th career game-winner.
In front of the net, senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson made two saves en route to securing her 13th shutout of the season. The Christchurch, New Zealand native has allowed just one goal in the last eight matches in front of the net.
Tech outshot the Longhorns 17-8 on the night led by Beckie who took a game-high five shots - three of which were on goal.
First kick for Tech's Big 12 opening round match against TCU is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.