Aug. 29, 1997

Red Raider Soccer Team Loses Season Opener

New Mexico Defeats Tech 3-1

LUBBOCK, Texas --The Texas Tech women's soccer team opened their 1997 season with a 3-1 loss to the visiting Lobos of the University of New Mexico.

"Offensively we did some good things. Defensively we made too many mistakes and we basically gave away three goals. We can't do that against an opportunistic team like New Mexico," Texas Tech head coach Felix Oskam said.

The Red Raiders had their chances to score in the first half. Late in the first half, junior forward Julie Benat took a shot that hit the right of the frame and bounced out to senior midfielder Julie Clement who then took a shot that hit the top middle of the frame. But it was senior forward Laurie Hegedorn of New Mexico who made the only goal of the half in the 42nd minute of play.

After coming out of half with a 1-0 deficit, the Red Raiders made key defensive errors that allowed the Lobos to score two goals. The first one came in the 52nd minute when senior midfielder Dani Rangel scored. That was followed by another goal from Hegedorn in the 58th minute.

Tech avoided the shutout when sophomore forward Kristy Frantz scored in the 75th minute of play. The Red Raiders had three corner kicks to the Lobos one and 16 shots on goal compared to New Mexico's 12.

"I am not a coach who looks at the statistics a lot. Yes, we had more shots on goal, more corner kicks, but that doesn't matter. It's the end result. We didn't finish well, they did. They took advantage of our mistakes. We have to learn from our mistakes, eliminate them, and go on," Oskam said.

Freshman goalkeeper Kellie McCallister had seven saves for Tech, while senior Bre Dalton had 11 for UNM.

The Red Raiders, whose record now stand at 0-1, will finish up their weekend series on Sunday as they host the University of Mississippi at 2 p.m. at R. P. Fuller Stadium.

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