Tech Set For Friday Night Meeting With Nevada
The Red Raiders will look to move to 5-0 when they host Nevada Friday at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Aug. 30, 2012
After picking up two wins at the TCU Invitational last weekend, the Red Raiders return home Friday night for a non-conference match with the Nevada Wolf Pack. With the two victories, Tech improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season, matching the program's best start since 2010.
Kickoff for Friday's match is set for 7 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
"Nevada is an athletic team," head coach Tom Stone said. "They are a very physical team and they play every game with a lot of energy so we are going to have to match that. We will be in front of our great home crowd and we are used to playing in front of more than 1,000 people. Another big crowd would be huge for us in this match."
The Red Raiders enter the weekend boasting one of the top offenses in the country led by Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week in junior forward Jessica Fuston. A Cedar Park, Texas native, Fuston led the Red Raiders Sunday afternoon with a three goal outburst in the their dominant 4-0 shutout victory over Montana to close out a successful week¬end tournament in Ft. Worth.
The dominant Sunday performance by the Red Raiders followed a thrilling 1-0 shutout of previously unbeaten Stephen F. Austin. Freshman Janine Beckie provided the late heroics Friday night with the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation off a deflection from teammate Tiffini Smith's shot.
The Red Raiders have outscored their opponents by a margin of 9-1 on the season after shutting out both SFA and Montana at the TCU Invitational. The impressive offensive output of nine goals currently ranks tops in the Big 12.
Friday's match will mark the final home game for three weeks as the Red Raiders will hit the road for six matches away from the friendly confines of the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Tech will return home to face New Mexico State on Sept. 23.
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