Tech Soccer Falls to New Mexico in Exhibition|
Aug. 13, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer team fell to New Mexico, 2-0, in an exhibition match Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. then tied, 0-0, in a 30-minute extra period.
New Mexico, a NCAA tournament team last season, scored in the fifth minute and 18th minute to take the first match.
"We started seven players in new places and our lack of continuity hurt us in the early going," head coach Tom Stone said after the match. "New Mexico worked very hard and earned the two goals with aggressive play in our box in the first 18 minutes so we had to chase the game for 70 minutes. We play these types of preseason games so we can find out where we are vulnerable and it's pretty clear what we need to tidy up before the opener next weekend."
Texas Tech emptied its bench over the course of two 45-minute periods and the extra 30-minute period. The Red Raiders held New Mexico to only three shots and zero goals in the 30-minute extra period. Tech held the overall advantage in shots on goal with six compared to New Mexico's five.
"We decided that every player on our roster would get a real chance to play quality minutes to show us what they could do," Stone said. "Some showed they are ready and some unfortunately did not. Even in preseason, we don't like losing so this should be a spirited week."
Tech opens the regular season next Fri., Aug. 19, against Rice at 7 p.m., at the John Walker Soccer Complex. The Red Raiders also host New Mexico State on Sun., Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Promotions that will be available for opening weekend include fans donating a gently used or new pair of soccer cleats receives free admission. Texas Tech soccer campers will get in free by wearing camp t-shirts and kids under the age of 12 will be admitted with a paying adult.
On the goalkeppers: "No position is being fought over more than at goalkeeper," said Stone. "All three (Victoria Esson, Alexis Braziel and Gabby Kaufman) played well and each possesses unique qualities. We are looking for one to separate themselves in the next few weeks and claim the job."