Spring Finale in Ft. Worth
The Red Raiders will close out their spring season Saturday at TCU with a 12 p.m. match.
April 13, 2012
With the 2012 spring season coming to a close, Texas Tech will travel to the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex Saturday to contest their undefeated spring record recorded at TCU.
The Red Raiders were originally scheduled to continue their weekend with a match against North Texas on Sunday, however the game was canceled Friday and will not be rescheduled.
"When we travel to Dallas, kids that are already coming here, kids that are hoping to hoping to maybe come here, and kids we are recruiting tend to show up for these games," Stone said. "They can get a good look at what our team is and who the players are for next year."
After winning some close games against TCU in the past, Stone said that the Horned Frogs have been one of the best non-conference rivalries that Tech has developed and he only expects it to grow into a special game in the future.
The 2012 season will mark the first year the Red Raiders will be able to call the Horned Frogs Big 12 Conference opponents.
Freshman defender, Jaelene Hinkle, said that the team is excited about TCU entering the Big 12.
"They are another good team," Hinkle said. "They are another team we have to get passed to get to that tournament. I think it is going to be a really good motivator and really good competition during the season."
Last season, the Red Raiders finished the 2011 campaign 10-8-2, gaining a Big 12 Tournament birth. However, with only five games in the spring, the women's soccer team cannot rely solely on outside competition to prepare for the upcoming 2012 regular season.
"I think we are pushing each other," Hinkle said. "We are only making ourselves better and it is really good competition. We are all out there fighting for a position so that only makes us better as well.
The Red Raiders have shut out their opponents in four straight games this spring. Stone said that the success that they have seen defensively has been a team effort by defending from the forwards back and playing as one cohesive unit.
With the 20 players who saw action in 2011 and 75 percent of the team's minutes returning next season, the team has the mindset of finishing the job they came here to do, make it to the NCAA tournament.
"They want to take it as far as they possibly can," Stone said. "You see that everyday in practice. The girls are training on their own, lifting on their own, doing extra work that is not required or even asked of them, it is just a really focused team."