Soccer Alumni Weekend Recap|
March 7, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - The stage was set, as the alumni wearing grey and the current Red Raider quad in red uniforms took the field. Starting in the goal for the alumni team was 2005 senior, Beth Lippert. On the opposite end of the field for the Red Raiders was redshirt sophomore Tina Rincon, her first time in the goal since her freshman season.
After numerous attempts on both ends of the field, it was freshman Shanna Brown who scored the first goal, giving the Red Raiders the 1-0 advantage early in the game. Following a series of shots on the goal from alumnus Catie Arsenault, the Red Raiders retaliated by firing five consecutive shots on the goal. Kim Cypert was next to step up, and notch in a couple of goals for the Red Raiders. Cypert scored her first goal, the team's second, by shooting the ball into the upper side net of the goal, scoring on veteran goalie and previous teammate Beth Lippert. Cypert scored again shortly after her first on a rebound attempt by Chessa Purser, which had ricocheted off of Lippert's hands.
Down 3-0, the alumni got their chance to avoid a shut-out after a soft penalty kick was called on Purser against Arsenault in the Red Raider goalie box. Coming in to kick the penalty for the alumni was Kelly Snead (Taylor), sidelined due to the fact that she is pregnant. Snead scored the first, and what would be the only tally for the alumni team against goalie Rincon.
Heading into halftime, the current Red Raider led the Alumni team by a score of 3-1.
Returning for the second half of play, the teams came on to the field with a new look. The teams mixed it up by forming two teams, red vs. black, each being a combination of alumni and current players.
In the goal for the red team was 2005 senior Megan Knauss, and it was Tech midfielder Ana Morton in the goal for the black. The second half play opened 8v8, but quickly transitioned to 9v9 five minutes into the game. Only minutes into the second half, Arsenault scored a goal on Morton on a cross pass from Cypert.
After numerous shots respectively on the goal from both teams, keepers Knauss and Morton put forth an outstanding effort to knock down the ball. Morton countered with an attack and Purser was the next to score on Knauss with a line drive, evening the score at 1-1.
To liven up the game a little, head coach McGuire snuck in two more red players on to the field behind the back of referee (Red Raider assistant Brian Zwaschka), making it nine vs. 11. The added boost gave Arsenault a chance to pull away and score again for the red team, making it 2-1. Shortly after, a free kick was taken in the midfield by current assistant coach and former Red Raider Jamie Crum (formerly Jamie Woods). Her shot hit the crossbar and deflected down to Rincon (who was playing forward) who was able to redirect the ball over goalkeeper Megan Knauss, to tie the game at 2-2. Arsenault, once again scored for the red team, giving them the eventual game-winner in a 3-2 victory.
Amy Holtman, who graduated from Tech in 1995 with a degree in exercise and sports sciences, said she one of the charter players of the Red Raider soccer program and team captain for the event when the program began in 1994.
"When I was here and the program was new, we didn't have much as our locker room was located in the track equipment room," she commented. "I think it's great to see how much the program has been built up and improved, and I am glad I was apart of this. It has been a lot of fun."
Following the match, the Red Raider soccer team and program alumni gather for the Soccer Family Banquet. Among the honors at the event, Sophomore forward Kim Cypert received the Players Choice Award and junior defender Ana Morton was honored with the Coaches Award. Assistant coach Jamie Crum received the Allison Horn Memorial Award.