Soccer Announces Spring Schedule|
The John Walker Soccer Complex will host one match this spring on April 7.
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer team announced its spring schedule on Monday afternoon. The challenging schedule features five matches away from Lubbock, while the Red Raiders will play one home match on April 7 when they host New Mexico at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
"The spring is a crucial time in our sport-- and a very important one for this team in particular with the veterans we return and the excellent class we have coming in," head coach Tom Stone said. "Foundations can be built this time of year in a way that gives you a great edge in the fall season. We will be going at it hard from day one and play a spring schedule that will challenge us to keep improving."
Texas Tech is coming off of one of its best campaigns in school history under the guidance of Stone who will enter his sixth season at the helm of the program. The Red Raiders finished the 2011 season with a 10-7 record and a fourth place finish in the Big 12--the highest conference finish in school history. Meanwhile, Stone helped guide the Red Raiders to their fifth consecutive appearance in the Big 12 Tournament .
Texas Tech returns 20 players who saw action last season and accounted for 75 percent of the team's minutes. The returning core includes All-Big 12 Second Team selection and unanimous All-Big 12 Newcomer Team selection Jaelene Hinkle along with All Big 12-Newcomer selection Victoria Esson. Esson posted six shutouts in 2011 in front of the net in her first season with the squad.
Offensively the Red Raiders return 70 percent of their scoring from the 2011 season.
Not only was the 2011 season a significant stride forward on the field, but the program took another step forward by breaking several attendance records as the John Walker Soccer Complex continued to build its reputation as one of the finest college soccer facilities in the country. The Red Raiders broke both the all-time and single-game attendance records in 2011 as fans consistently packed the John Walker Soccer Complex throughout the entirety of the season.