TECH SOCCER PLAYS FIRST RED/WHITE EXHIBITION GAME|
Aug. 17, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Amid cooler temperatures and a light drizzle Wednesday evening, the Texas Tech soccer team strapped on their boots for their first game of the season, a red/white intra-squad exhibition feature at RP Fuller Stadium. In the end, the red team secured a 3-0 shutout victory after 70 minutes of play.
The teams worked hard in the first half to defend their goals by not allowing scoring opportunities. There were just nine shots taken in the first 35 minutes as possession traded hands up and down the field. As time progressed, the players began to connect with their teammates and the action increased. Freshman Zhaleh Rezaie (Plano) drilled a free kick into the upper right corner of the net to notch the first goal of the game at the 34:43 mark, leading the red team to a 1-0 halftime lead.
The red team dominated the second half, out-shooting the white team 12-0 in the final 35 minutes. Strength and quickness prevailed as the red jerseys went on to score two more goals in the game. The first goal of the second half came at the 58:51 mark in a play between new freshmen teammates. Emmie Bennett (Carrollton) crossed the ball in front of the goal to a waiting Brittney Harrison (Plano), who headed the ball into the goal past keeper Tina Rincon (Carrollton).
Colleen Pitts (Dallas), goalkeeper of the red goal in the first half, got her share of trouble from the red offense as she stepped in to replace Rincon in the white goal. Less than one minute after the score went to 2-0, the red team struck again, this time an unassisted goal by sophomore Shannon Sims (Plano). Time wound down without any further damage and the final score of the first exhibition game of 2006 stood at 3-0.
After the match Coach McGuire had this to say, "I was very pleased to see the players playing with such vigor and enthusiasm. It was encouraging to see many of the things we have been trying to implement into our system at practice utilized within the game. These players are trying very hard to be better, and I am proud of them for that."