Red Raiders Open Big 12 Play on Friday

Texas Tech faces Oklahoma and No. 12 Oklahoma State in its first weekend of Big 12 play.

Texas Tech faces Oklahoma and No. 12 Oklahoma State in its first weekend of Big 12 play.
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Sept. 22, 2010

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This Week's Matches
at Oklahoma • Fri., Sept. 24 • 7 p.m. • OU Soccer Complex
at #12 Oklahoma State • Sun., Sept. 26 • 1 p.m. • Cowgirl Soccer Complex

The Matches
Texas Tech (7-2) opens Big 12 Conference play this weekend with matches at Oklahoma (4-3-1) on Fri., Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the OU Soccer Complex and on Sun., Sept. 26, at No. 12 Oklahoma State (7-1-1) at 1 p.m. at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

On the Web
Live stats will be available for both matches at www.texastech.com and a live paid webcast will be available for the Oklahoma match at www.soonersports.com and for the Oklahoma State match at www.okstate.com.

The Red Raiders
Texas Tech enters Big 12 Conference play with a 7-2 record after falling at Alabama, 1-0, last Friday in its final non-conference match. On the year, junior Taylor Lytle leads the team in points with nine and goals with four. Freshman Jessica Fuston also has a team-high four goals. Freshmen Jessica Disabella and Mallory Yacullo lead the team in assists with three apiece. Disabella also has team bests of 28 shots and 14 shots-on-goal. Senior Colleen Pitts and sophomore Erin Wikelius have split time in the nets. Pitts is 5-1 in goal, with five shutouts and 19 saves, playing 495 minutes. Wikelius has registered 13 saves in 315 minutes with a 2-1 record.

The Opponents
Oklahoma owns a 4-3-1 record after splitting games last week. The Sooners lost at then No. 25 USC, 4-1, on Friday and won at UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on Sunday. On the year, senior Whitney Palmer leads the Sooners in points (7), goals (3) and shots-on-goal (10), while sophomore Daria Hampton has team highs of 18 shots and two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire has played a majority of the time in the nets with 716-plus minutes and tallied 34 saves with a 4-3-1 record. Nicole Nelson is in her third year as head coach at OU with a career record of 14-28-4.

No. 12 Oklahoma State is 7-1-1 as it beat Mississippi State, 6-0, on Friday and tied at Colorado College, 0-0, on Sunday. On the year, junior Krista Lopez leads the Cowgirls in points (14), goals (7), shots (35) and shots-on-goal (14). Freshman Taylor Mathews also has a team-high 14 shots-on-goal. Senior Katie Richardson leads the team in assists with two. OSU has played three players in goal with sophomore Adrianna Franch registering 781 minutes, 33 saves and a 0.35 goals-against average. She is 7-1-1 on the year. Head coach Colin Carmichael is in his fifth season at the helm of the Cowgirls with a career record of 81-24-16.

Series Records
Oklahoma ~ It is the 14th meeting between Texas Tech and Oklahoma with the series tied 6-6-1. In the Tom Stone era, the last three contests, Tech and OU tied in 2007 in Lubbock, and the Red Raiders won 2-1 in double overtime in 2008 in Norman and won 3-1 in 2009 in the Hub City. Tech is 2-4-1 against OU in Norman.

Oklahoma State ~ The Cowgirls hold a 9-4-1 advantage over Texas Tech as they have won the last three games, including a match in the Big 12 Championship in 2008. Last year, OSU won 2-1 in Lubbock on Oct. 16, in front of a Tech school record 1,728 fans. The last time the Red Raiders won in Stone's first season, 1-0, on Oct. 21, 2007, in Lubbock. Tech is 1-5 against OSU in Stillwater.

Big 12 Openers
Texas Tech is 4-10 all-time in Big 12 Conference opening matches and 2-1 in the Tom Stone era. Tech won its conference-opening match last year as it defeated Iowa State, 2-0, in Lubbock on Sept. 25. This is just the second time Tech and OU are meeting in the first league match of the year with the Red Raiders winning the first time, 2-1, on Sept. 5, 1997, in Norman.

Looking Ahead
Texas Tech opens Big 12 play at home on Fri., Oct. 1, vs. Colorado at 7 p.m. and on Sun., Oct. 3, vs. Nebraska at 1 p.m. Tech then returns to the road for games at Texas on Fri., Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., and at Texas A&M on Sun., Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. The Red Raiders then return to Lubbock for their final three home matches - Fri., Oct. 15, vs. Kansas at 7 p.m., Fri. Oct. 22, vs. Iowa State at 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 24, vs. Missouri at 7 p.m. The last regular-season game will be at Baylor on Fri., Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Sept. 19, senior Colleen Pitts ranks ninth in goals against average at .364 and 11th in saves percentage at .905, among all Division I players. As a team, Texas Tech ranks third in save percentage at .917, fourth in shutout percentage at .778, sixth in goals-against average at .333 and 30th in won-lost-tied percentage at .778, among all Division I teams.

Haagsma Out for the Season
Freshman Hayley Haagsma suffered a right knee injury against Oral Roberts and will miss the rest of the 2010 season. Haagsma had played in all eight games with seven starts up to that point. She also took home all-tournament team honors from the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic.

A Season of Firsts
After starting the season off 5-0, the Red Raiders have already made their marks in the record books. The 5-0 start is the best in school history against Division I opponents and to go along with those five wins have been five shutouts. The five shutouts is the first time in the program's history that a Tech team began the season with five-consecutive shutouts.

Nearing School Record
Texas Tech has registered seven shutouts this season and needs one more shutout to tie the school record for most shutouts in a season. The Red Raiders had eight shutouts in 1995.

All-Tournament Team, Again
Texas Tech had six players honored for their play during the Red Raider Classic Sept. 10 and 12. Sophomore Haley Fowler was named the Defensive MVP, while sophomore Erin Wikelius took home Goalkeeper MVP honors. Four other Red Raiders were named to the all-tournament team - junior Taylor Lytle, sophomores Sarah Ellison and Tiffini Smith and freshman Jessica Disabella. It was Lytle's second all-tournament team selection this season.

Disabella Scores First Collegiate Goal
It took almost 85 minutes to get the game-winning goal, but that's exactly what freshman Jessica Disabella did against North Texas. It marked the first collegiate goal for the Flower Mound, Texas, native. She followed it up in the next game with an assist on the game-winning goal against Oral Roberts. It was her third assist on the year.

Ellison Notches Third Goal
Sophomore Sarah Ellison notched her third goal of the season and her first career game-winning goal against Oral Roberts, which came in the 56th minute of the match.

First Career Shutouts for Wikelius
Sophomore Erin Wikelius recorded back-to-back shutouts against North Texas and Oral Roberts for the first two shutouts of her career. On the weekend, Wikelius played all 180 minutes collecting seven saves.

Disabella Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Freshman Jessica Disabella was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the week for her performances against North Texas and Oral Roberts. Disabella totaled three points on the weekend as the Red Raiders improved to 7-1 and notched their sixth and seventh shutouts of the season. The midfielder secured her first collegiate goal on Friday, the game-winner in the 84th minutes as Tech edged North Texas, 1-0. On Sunday, she provided the assist for the game-winning goal as the Red Raiders defeated Oral Roberts, 1-0.

Season-High Attendance
Texas Tech soccer has become a big hit around the Lubbock community, especially in the last couple of years, and it was evident again on Sept. 10, as Tech had a season-high 1,558 fans at the match against North Texas.

All-Tournament Team
Three Red Raiders graced the All-Tournament team at the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic hosted by Notre Dame. Junior Taylor Lytle, sophomore Dawn Ward and freshman Hayley Haagsma were all honored for their stellar performances that weekend.

Pitts Has Five Shutouts
Senior Colleen Pitts has picked up all five shutouts this season giving her a career total of eight. She currently stands fourth on Tech's career shutouts list.

McCall Gets First Assist
Junior defender Casey McCall got her first assist of the year on junior Taylor Lytle's game-winning goal versus Ole Miss. It marked the second assist of her career with the first coming last season against Iowa State.

Moving on Up
Junior Taylor Lytle continues to move up the charts on Tech's career lists. Lytle jumped to second on Tech's career shots list with 175. Her 46 career points is tied for fifth all-time. Her game-winning goal against Ole Miss gives her five in her career, which ranks tied for fourth all-time. That goal also gave her 13 career goals, moving her to 10th (tied) on the career goals list. Sophomore Dawn Ward also jumped to sixth on the career goals list as she has scored three goals this season.

Receiving Votes for the First Time
Another first in the history of the program took place the week of Aug. 30, as the Red Raiders received votes in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings (top 25 poll). Tech got 14 votes in the poll which is voted on by a panel of Division I college coaches. Tech received eight votes on Sept. 7 and nine on Sept. 14. Tech got seven votes in the Soccer Times top 25 poll as well on Sept. 14.

Fuston Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Freshman Jessica Fuston was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the week for her performances at Northwestern State and Rice. Fuston started both of Texas Tech's matches last weekend and played all 90 minutes at Rice. The freshman forward scored her third and fourth goals of the season on Sunday against the Owls and is tied for third in the conference with eight total points.

First Half Goals Tied for Second
Freshman Jessica Fuston's two first-half goals against TCU and Rice are tied for second on the single-game list for first half goals. The record for most goals in the first half is three set by Chessa Purser against Prairie View A&M in 2006 and Brittney Harrison versus Northwestern State in 2008.

Fuston Earns Honors
Freshman forward Jessica Fuston made her collegiate debut Aug. 20 and 22, and her standout efforts did not go unnoticed. The Cedar Park, Texas, native garnered TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week honors. Fuston was the only Big 12 player named to that week's team.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Colleen Pitts received her first Big 12 honor as she was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 24, for her performances against TCU and Texas State. Pitts recorded two shutouts as she played all 90 minutes in both matches and tallied 10 saves on the weekend.

Filling the Stands
The Lubbock community continues to be big supporters of the Tech soccer team as the Red Raiders drew over 1,200 fans at each of the first two matches. Against TCU, 1,356 people witnessed Tech's season-opening victory, while 1,285 fans took in the Texas State win.

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.

Williams Redshirting
Sophomore Conner Williams is redshirting the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury during summer club play.

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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