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Red Raiders Hit The Road For 'Cats Classic

No. 24 Texas Tech hits the road this weekend for the 2013 `Cats Classic in Tucson, Ariz.

Sept. 12, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 24 Texas Tech soccer team is set to hit the road this weekend as the Red Raiders travel to Tucson, Ariz., for a pair of matches against Arizona State and Arizona.

Texas Tech, in the midst of a two-match winning streak, will face Arizona State Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CST) before taking on Arizona Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (CST) as part of the 2013 `Cats Classic.

"These are two very athletic PAC-12 teams," head coach Tom Stone said. "Friday night is going to be a test for us in every way. Sunday will be a great test for us as well. Arizona has done a phenomenal job building a fantastic program. It's going to be our toughest weekend thus far."

The Red Raiders enter the weekend fresh off a sweep of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge in a pair of matches at the John Walker Soccer Complex last week. Texas Tech is 1-0 in road matches this year after opening the 2013 season with a 1-0 shutout victory at New Mexico.

In the only previous meeting between the two schools, Texas Tech shutout Arizona State 5-0 at the 2011 `Cats Classic. All five goals came in the second half, which set a new school record. 


On the heels of a season-long five match homestand the No. 24 Red Raiders will hit the road for a season-long six match road trip beginning this weekend at the 2013 `Cats Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Texas Tech will face Arizona State Friday before taking on host Arizona Sunday with both matches being played at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium on the University of Arizona campus.

Through six matches this season, the Red Raider offense is pacing the Big 12 in several categories including goals (16), assists (14), points (46), goals-per-game (2.67) and assists-per game (2.33).  Meanwhile, the Red Raider defense, anchored by senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson, is second in the league with four shutouts on the year.

The Red Raiders have proven to be dominant in the second half of play during the last three seasons. In 2012 alone, Tech outscored opponents 29-10 in the second half.  In the last three seasons combined (2011-13), Tech has outscored opponents 51-25 in the final 45 minutes of play. This year, they have continued that trend, outscoring their first four opponents 9-4 in the second half. Against Colorado State earlier this year, Tech went off for four goals in the second half - the most by a Tech team in a single half of play since 2011 when the Red Raiders netted five in the second half against Arizona State.

Senior defender Hayley Haagsma continued her strong start to the 2013 season last weekend netting her first career game-winning goal in Tech's 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton. Haagsma went on to record her first career multi-assist in Tech's 3-1 victory over Cal State Northridge. Haagsma enters this weekend with three goals and three assists on the year which leads all Big 12 defenders.

Texas Tech will face PAC-12 representative Arizona State for the second time in school history and the second time in three years as the Red Raiders square off with the Sun Devils Friday night. In 2011, the Red Raiders took a 5-0 victory over Arizona State, scoring all five goals in the second half.

The Red Raiders will face Arizona for the fourth time in school history Sunday with the Wildcats owning a 2-0-1 advantage in the series which dates back to 1994. The two teams ended in a scoreless draw in 2011. 



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