Red Raider Soccer Opens Season Friday

Casey McCall and the Red Raiders open the 2010 season on Fri., Aug. 20, as they host TCU at 7 p.m.

Casey McCall and the Red Raiders open the 2010 season on Fri., Aug. 20, as they host TCU at 7 p.m.
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Aug. 18, 2010

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• This Week's Matches •
TCU • Friday, Aug. 20 • 7 p.m. • John Walker Soccer Complex
Texas State • Sunday, Aug. 22 • 7 p.m • John Walker Soccer Complex

The Matches
Texas Tech begins the 2010 season by hosting two matches against TCU on Fri., Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., and on Sun., Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. Both matches will be played at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

On the Web
This season the Red Raiders will video stream of all their home matches on www.texastech.com. Live stats will also be available at www.texastech.com.

Match Notables
• Friday vs. TCU - The two teams have established a rivalry the last few years with each team winning on the road the last two years. In the last two matches alone, there have been 12 goals scored, including last year's dramatic 4-3 overtime win for the Red Raiders in Fort Worth. Last year, junior Taylor Lytle set a Tech record for most assists in a game with three, including the game winner in overtime with just 17 seconds left on the clock.

• Sunday vs. Texas State - Sunday's match was moved to 7 p.m. to be part of Tech's Freshmen First promotion. With soccer being the first sporting event of the year, freshmen students will eat free with a Tech I.D. Additionally, each student in attendance will be eligible for a halftime giveaway of two flat-screen televisions. Head football coach Tommy Tuberville will give a Red Raider freshmen welcome and kick out the first ball. This game could break the school attendance record of 1,728 set last year against Oklahoma State.

The Red Raiders
Texas Tech returns 15 letterwinners, including seven starters, from a team that went 8-8-4 and qualified for its third-straight Big 12 Championship in 2009, and had its most successful season in the last 10 years. Of those 15 returnees, seven of them are sophomores. Of those seven sophomores, six of them were in the starting lineup last year as freshmen. One player, not among the 15 returners, is sophomore Conner Williams, who will miss the entire 2010 season after sustaining a knee injury during summer club play. Williams started all 20 matches in midfield last year and was third on the team in goals, shots and shots-on-goal a year ago. This year's roster consists of just two seniors in Colleen Pitts and Leanne Mihelich, and six juniors, led Taylor Lytle and Casey McCall. Among those juniors is transfer Whitney Sharpe who comes to Tech via UCLA. Leading the way for the sophomores are Dawn Ward, Tiffini Smith and Morgan Johnson. The Red Raiders also welcome nine new freshmen, while redshirt freshman Leah Christensen will suit up this year as she sat out last season after suffering a knee injury during her senior year in high school.

The Opponents
TCU is opening its season in Lubbock on Friday. The Horned Frogs return nine starters from a team that went 9-10 last year. Dan Abdalla is in his sixth season as head coach at TCU with a record of 43-44-6 and a career record of 97-82-14 in 11 years.

The Red Raiders are also the season-opening match for Texas State on Sunday. The Bobcats went 14-6-1 last season and return eight starters from a year ago. Kat Conner is in her 11th year at Texas State with a career record of 114-96-1. Texas State is one of five 2009 NCAA tournament teams on the 2010 schedule. Texas State is expected to repeat as Southland Conference Champions.

Series Records
TCU ~ The Red Raiders and the Horned Frogs have established a shoot-out rivalry the last few years. In the past six contests from the fall of 2007 to the spring of 2010, including three spring matches, the two schools have combined for a total of 30 goals. The two teams are meeting for the 18th time in the regular-season series with TCU holding an 11-4-2 advantage. Last year, Tech snapped a two-matching losing streak winning 4-3 in double overtime in Fort Worth at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium, giving Tech a 1-2 record against the Horned Frogs in the Tom Stone era. Tech is 3-5-1 against TCU in Lubbock.

Texas State ~ Texas Tech and Texas State are playing for just the fourth time in the series with the Red Raiders having a 2-1 record against the Bobcats and a 1-0 mark under Stone. Tech has won the last two contests, both by the score of 3-0 in 2006 in Lubbock and 2007 in San Marcos. Texas State's lone win came in the series opener, 1-0, in 2002 in Lubbock.

Looking Ahead
The Red Raiders hit the road for four-straight matches beginning with a match at Northwestern State on Fri., Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., followed by a match at Rice on Sun., Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. Tech then travels to South Bend, Ind., to play Ole Miss on Fri., Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. CDT and Notre Dame on Sun., Sept. 5, at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The Red Raiders return home to host the Red Raider Classic Sept. 10 and 12. On Sept. 10, Lamar takes on Oral Roberts at 5 p.m., followed by Tech against North Texas in the night cap at 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 12, North Texas plays Lamar at 11 a.m., followed by Tech and Oral Roberts at 1:30 p.m. The last non-conference match is on Fri., Sept. 17, as the Red Raiders face-off against Alabama in Tuscaloosa at 7 p.m.

Season and Home Openers
In the 16 years of Texas Tech soccer, the Red Raiders are 8-8 all-time in season openers, while boasting an 11-5 mark in home openers. Last year Tech handed UTSA a 5-0 defeat in Lubbock in both the season and home opener at the John Walker Soccer Complex. This year marks the third-straight year the Red Raiders have opened the season at home. Tech is 2-1 in season openers and 3-0 in home openers under head coach Tom Stone.

Lytle, McCall Named Captains
Tom Stone has called upon two juniors to lead this team as Taylor Lytle and Casey McCall have been named team captains for the 2010 season.

Lytle Preseason All-Big 12
After a stellar sophomore campaign, junior Taylor Lytle looks to continue on her success into 2010 as she was named preseason All-Big 12. Last season, Lytle became only the school's second player all-time to be named first team All-Big 12, while breaking the school's single-game and single-season assist records.

From Freshmen to Sophomores
In 2009, three freshmen made a name for themselves throughout the season. Sophomores Dawn Ward, Tiffini Smith and Morgan Johnson were all three named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer team. Tech received more freshmen recognition than any other Big 12 school.

Summer Success
This summer Texas Tech had seven players win a national championship at the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan. Sophomores Erin Wikelius, Conner Williams, Morgan Johnson and Haley Fowler and freshman Jessica Fuston were part of Lonestar `91 that won the U19 national championship, while freshmen Gabby Kaufman and Hayley Haagsma led Laguna Hills Eclipse to the national title for the U18. Haagmsa also received the Golden Ball as the tournament's MVP.

Attendance Records Set in 2009
Two thousand and nine saw the opening of one of the best soccer facilities in the country as the John Walker Soccer Complex made it debut. The 1,728 fans in attendance at Tech's home finale against Oklahoma State not only set a new John Walker Soccer Complex record, but it also broke the school record that was previously set against Notre Dame in 2004. The John Walker Soccer Complex attendance record was broken three different times last season as the program averaged 908 fans per match.




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