Aug 22, 2013
Texas Tech Notes | 2013 Media Guide
LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 24 Texas Tech soccer team opens its 2013 campaign Friday night as the Red Raiders travel to Albuquerque for a primetime match against New Mexico.
First kick for the 2013 season-opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CST) at the UNM Soccer Complex.
The Red Raiders, fresh off the most successful season in school history, enter the match after defeating No. 25 Denver in preseason play last weekend. Tech has won five consecutive season openers, but will open the regular season away from Lubbock for the first time since 2007.
"We have had some great matches with New Mexico," head coach Tom Stone said. "We have a ton of respect for their coaching staff, they are one of the most organized teams we play all year and we really enjoy this early season match up with them."
The Red Raiders defeated New Mexico 2-0 last season at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
The Red Raiders return to Lubbock Sunday for the 2013 home-opener against Colorado State with first kick scheduled for 1 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Tech welcomes back eight starters from the 2012 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament while winning a school record 16 matches. The returning core includes three All-Big 12 First Team selections along with NSCAA All-American forward Janine Beckie.
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 NEW MEXICO SERIES
Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone enters Friday's match with a 1-0 career record against the Lobos as Tech defeated New Mexico 2-0 at the John Walker Soccer Complex in Lubbock last season. New Mexico holds a 2-4-1 overall advantage in the series dating back to 1995. This will be just the third meeting between the two programs since 2004.
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 last year, were picked to win a second consecutive conference title with seven first place votes.
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.
TEXAS TECH IN SEASON OPENERS
Texas Tech is riding a five-match winning streak in season openers dating back to the 2008 season. Tech has defeated opponents by a combined score of 15-1 during that stretch with the lone opponent's goal coming in 2012's 2-1 victory over Idaho at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Friday's season-opener at New Mexico marks Tech's first away from home since 2007 - a 4-1 loss at Georgia during Tom Stone's first season as head coach.