The No. 24 Red Raiders are set to kick off their 2013 campaign with a preseason match at No. 25 Denver Saturday.
Aug 16, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 24 Texas Tech soccer team is set for its lone preseason match of the 2013 season as the Red Raiders travel north to face No. 25 Denver Saturday.
The Red Raiders, on the heels of a record-breaking 2012 season, will face off with the Pioneers at CIBER Field with first kick set for 7 p.m. (CST).
"It's important that we have a tough game before we start the season," Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "Our non-conference schedule is very competitive, and we have a very tough opening night at New Mexico (Aug. 23). Denver has been extremely accommodating for us to come and play at their field and play their team which went into the NCAA postseason last year. We have the opportunity to test ourselves against a very good opponent."
Denver advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech enters the 2013 campaign with eight returning starters from a squad that went 16-6-1 last year, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and was picked second in the Preseason Big 12 Coaches Poll last week. Two Red Raiders were selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 squad in junior defender Jaelene Hinkle and sophomore forward Janine Beckie.
Hinkle earned a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, while Beckie returns from a stellar 2012 campaign that earned the Highlands Ranch, Colo. native NSCAA All-America status.
The Red Raiders open their 2013 regular season campaign Aug. 23 at New Mexico. Tech's home opener is set for Sunday, Aug. 25 against Colorado State at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
TEXAS TECH NO. 24 IN NSCAA PRESEASON RANKINGS
The Red Raiders checked in at No. 24 in the 2013 NSCAA Preseason Rankings released Aug. 13. Tech moved up one spot from their No. 25 slot in the 2012 NSCAA Postseason Rankings. Tech is one of two Big 12 teams appearing in the top-25 of the poll as Baylor enters the season at No. 13. Reigning Big 12 Champion West Virginia is receiving votes.
THE BIG 12 IN THE 2013 NSCAA PRESEASON RANKINGS
24. Texas Tech
RV: West Virginia
RED RAIDERS PICKED SECOND IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Texas Tech earned its highest-ever pick in the Big 12 Preseason Poll as the Red Raiders were selected second in a vote by the league coaches. Tech earned two first place votes behind West Virginia who, after going unbeaten in their inaugural Big 12 season in 2012, were picked to win a second consecutive conference title with seven first place votes amongst the league coaches.
TWO RED RAIDERS SELECTED TO ALL-BIG 12 PRESEASON TEAM
Texas Tech is represented by two Red Raiders on the All-Big 12 Preseason as both junior Jaelene Hinkle and sophomore Janine Beckie were tabbed by the league coaches to the squad. Hinkle earned a unanimous vote as a Preseason All-Big 12 defender, while Beckie earned All-Big 12 honors as as forward. Hinkle became the second Red Raider to earn a preseason honors in consecutive years as former Red Raider Taylor Lytle was selected to back-to-back All-Big 12 Preseason teams in both 2010 and 2011.
WELCOME BACK: TECH RETURNS 8 STARTERS FROM 2012 SQUAD
Texas Tech returns eight starters from the 2012 squad including Tech's top-3 scorers in Janine Beckie, Paige Strahan and Jessica Fuston. The trio combined for 27 goals last season while the eight starters combined for 60 percent of Tech's scoring offense.
TOP TEXAS TECH SCORERS IN 2012
PLAYER (Classification) GOALS
1. Janine Beckie (So.) 14
2. Paige Strahan (Jr.) 8
3. Jessica Fuston (Sr.) 5
RED RAIDERS RETURN TOP SCORING DUO IN BIG 12
Texas Tech will return the top scoring duo in the Big 12 Conference for the 2013 season in All-American Janine Beckie and All-Big 12 First Team selection Paige Strahan. The dynamic scoring duo combined for 22 goals during the 2012 season and 10 game-winners. Beckie and Strahan tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals each scoring five. Beckie went on to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Year honors, Tech's second in three seasons, while Strahan earned All-Region honors from the NSCAA.
TECH RETURNS ALL-AMERICAN BECKIE TO FRONT LINE
Texas Tech will return one of the best forwards in the country in sophomore sensation Janine Beckie. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. netted 14 goals on her way to being named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team. She was the only freshman named to the first or second team while helping guide the Red Raiders to a school record 16 wins during the unprecedented 2012 season. Beckie netted five-game winning goals last season, matching teammate Paige Strahan's total and setting a new school record for a single season. Beckie also shattered the school record for shots in a single season with 122 a mark that ranks fifth all-time in the Big 12. Her 14 goals were tops in the Big 12 by a freshman and third-most by any freshman nationally.
BECKIE NAMED TOP-10 RETURNING FORWARD BY TOP DRAWER SOCCER
Beckie's remarkable 2012 season was recognized on the national level as Top Drawer Soccer, a reputable national soccer publication, tabbed the sophomore as one of the top-10 returning forwards this summer. Beckie The announcement came in May as the Texas Tech All-American was the only underclassmen to make the list and the only Big 12 representative.
2012 TOP SCORING FRESHMEN (NATIONALLY)
PLAYER (SCHOOL) GOALS
1. Taylor Uhl (Minnesota) 21
2. Stephanie DeVita (Furman) 19
3. Janine Beckie (Texas Tech) 14
TECH RETURNS ESSON IN FRONT OF THE NET
While the Red Raiders return much of their fire power on offense in 2013, Tech will also return its defensive anchor in senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson. Esson started 22 of the Red Raiders 23 matches in 2013 and has accumulated 23 wins and a school record 14 shutouts in her career. She enters the 2013 season with a career single-game high of seven saves which the Christchurch, New Zealand native has done four times in her career.
RED RAIDERS DOMINANT IN MONTH OF AUGUST
The Red Raiders have proven to be dominant in the month of August during the previous three seasons compiling a record of 12-1 dating back to the 2010 season. Texas Tech went a perfect 5-0 in the month of August during the historic 2012 season with the only loss during the three-year run coming in 2011 by way of a 1-0 loss to Ole Miss.