Sept. 3, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Following a 1-1 start to its six-match road trip, Texas Tech travels to the Dallas Metroplex to face TCU at 7 p.m. Friday and North Texas at 1 p.m. Sunday.
THE TCU SERIES
Since Tech created its soccer program in 1994, the two school have had a regular-season match every year except 2002 with the Horned Frogs maintaining a 11-3-2 advantage. TCU has won eight of the last nine meetings. The Red Raiders have never won at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.
TCU returns 22 letterwinners, including 10 starters, off its 2008 squad that finished 14-4-2 and third in the Mountain West Conference. The Horned Frogs are 3-0 on the season after defeating UTSA, 1-0, and Houston Baptist, 3-1, last weekend. TCU opened the regular season with a 2-1 victory over No. 15 Texas in Austin.
Jordan Calhoun leads TCU with three goals as the sophomore began the season with both goals against Texas. Dan Abdalla is in his fifth season in Fort Worth with a 37-34-6 record during that time.
RECAPPING LAST YEAR'S MATCH
Backed by three second-half goals, TCU overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Red Raiders, 3-2, last year in Lubbock. Katie Hinds and Taylor Lytle both had goals for Tech, while Alex Mechalske, Calhoun and Lizzy Karoly netted goals for the Horned Frogs. The match concluded the regular season for both schools.
THE NORTH TEXAS SERIES
Despite being in-state opponents, the two schools have never met in a regular season match. North Texas traveled to Lubbock in 2008 for an exhibition match that ended in a 0-0 draw.
SCOUTING NORTH TEXAS
North Texas head coach John Hedlunch returns 17 letterwinners, including eight starters, off his 2008 squad that finished 15-4-1 overall and second in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mean Green is off to a 2-0 start with consecutive shutouts in 1-0 victories over Sam Houston State and New Mexico State. Prior to facing Tech, UNT will travel to Dallas to face cross-town rival SMU at 8 p.m. Friday.
Carly McDowell and Kelsey Perlman have UNT's only two goals on the season, while Mandy Hall have been a consistent force in goal, collecting 12 saves while posting both shutouts. Hedlunch is 198-72-14 in his 14 seasons in Denton.
RED RAIDERS SEEKING DFW ALUMNI
Head coach Tom Stone and the Red Raiders invite all Tech alumni to both of this weekend's matches. Tech boasts 16 players from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, while Stone and assistant coaches Aaron and Ashley Gordon also grew up in the metroplex. Fans are encouraged to wear red and sit together behind the Tech bench. There will be a reception for players, staff and fans to meet immediately following both matches. TCU is averaging over 1000 fans in its two home matches this season.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND
The Red Raiders went 1-1 last weekend at the Miner Classic in El Paso, losing Friday, 3-2, to Utah State, while dropping host UTEP, 4-3, on Sunday. UTEP was previously 63-7-3 at home since 2002 prior to Sunday's loss. Dawn Ward netted three goals on the weekend, while Taylor Lytle added two goals and an assist. Brittney Harrison connected on her second game-winning goal of the season and eighth of her career against UTEP.
WARD CONTINUES STRONG START IN EL PASO
Dawn Ward continued her hot streak to start the season last weekend in El Paso as the redshirt freshman netted three goals, giving her four on the season. The Midland, Texas, native is tied with Oklahoma's Whitney Palmer for the Big 12 lead for goals.
TECH SCORING GOALS IN RECORD NUMBERS
The Red Raiders' 11 goals through its first three matches is the most by a Tech team during that stretch in school history. Tech's previous high was 10 goals in 1995. The 2008 squad netted nine goals through its first three games. The Red Raiders are tied with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for the conference lead in goals.
HARRISON CLUTCH WITH MATCH ON THE LINE
Already among the best players in school history, Brittney Harrison continues to build her resume as the senior netted her eighth-career game-winning goal against UTEP. The goal was Harrison's second game-winner of the year. A week after overtaking fourth place on the career points list, Harrison is two game-winners shy of tying Kristy Frantz for second on the school's all-time chart.
With the majority of his team, including himself and his two assistants, originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, head coach Tom Stone always enjoys Tech's yearly visits to the metroplex as 16 Red Raiders hail from the area.
GOALKEEPER BATTLE CONTINUES
Head coach Tom Stone continues his search for a permanent goalkeeper this weekend as he expects to once again split time among junior Colleen Pitts and freshman Erin Wikelius. The two split time in the UTSA and Utah State matches, while Wikelius played all 90 minutes against UTEP.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT ELLISON
With all the success of Dawn Ward, Taylor Lytle and Brittney Harrison, the name possibly forgotten in Tech's success is freshman Sarah Ellison. The former New Mexico Player of the Year finalist has one goal and an assist and has become a consistent force off the bench.
LYTLE HAS STRONG RETURN TO HOME AREA
With family and friends in attendance, sophomore midfielder Taylor Lytle had five points last weekend in El Paso, which is around 45 miles from her hometown of Las Cruces, N.M. Lytle netted a goal in each match, while also providing her second assist of the season against UTEP. Fellow Las Cruces native Karen De Leon added the assist on Lytle's goal against the Miners.
McCALL RETURNS TO BOOST BACKLINE
After missing the season opener against UTSA, sophomore defender Casey McCall returned last weekend for the Miner Classic and played all but five minutes in both matches. McCall's return was especially important for Tech as freshman defender Jaclyn Dozier was sick throughout the trip.
LYTLE MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Not many players can boast they are already on any of the school's career milestone lists after only one season - except for sophomore Taylor Lytle. In Tech's first three matches, Lytle has added two goals and two assists, pulling her within an assist of fourth on the career assist chart and five points from 10th on the all-time leaderboard. Lytle concluded a stellar freshman season with eight assists, the third-highest total for a single season in school history.