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Sept. 24, 2008

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STARTING OFF...
The Texas Tech soccer team resumes Big 12 Conference play this weekend as the Red Raiders travel to Stillwater, Okla. to face Oklahoma State Fri., Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., before returning to the John Walker Soccer Complex for a 1 p.m. match against Oklahoma Sun., Sept. 28.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
The top-ranked scoring offense in the nation, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls open Big 12 play with a perfect 8-0-0 record with victories over Louisville, Xavier and Rice. Oklahoma State has also defeated two schools off Tech's schedule, Northwestern State, 3-0, and Oral Roberts, 5-1. The Cowgirls are led by the Big 12 leader in goals, Yolanda Odenyo, and assists, Kasey Langdon, while also owning the top four spots atop the individual points list in the conference. Erin Stigler has started all eight matches in goal for OSU, allowing only three goals, while posting two shutouts. The Cowgirls are led by Colin Carmichael, who is 41-15-9 in his three seasons in Stillwater. Oklahoma State returns 18 letterwinners, including nine starters, off last season's squad that finished 14-6-3 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma enters the weekend at 1-7-0 overall after falling to No. 11 LSU last weekend. The Sooners are under the guidance of first-year head coach Nicole Nelson, who has a 33-19-9 career record. Nelson was previously an assistant coach at Texas last season. Oklahoma is led by forward Whitney Palmer, who has four goals for a team-high eight points. Lisa Jett has been OU's only goalkeeper this season, collecting a Big 12-leading 43 saves, while allowing 20 goals for a 2.40 goals-against average through eight matches. The Sooners return 17 letterwinners, including nine starters, off last season's team that finished 6-10-3 overall and ninth in the Big 12.

KEEP AN EYE ON...FRESHMAN Casey McCall
A player many would not pick out on the stat sheet, freshman Casey McCall has arguably become one of Tech's most reliable players this season as the Frisco, Texas, native has started in seven of Tech's eight matches, while playing all 90 minutes in six of those. McCall recorded her first career goal earlier this season against Alabama A&M, while also helping Tech to a conference-high four shutouts.

RINCON BREAKS TECH CAREER SHUTOUTS RECORD
With her Big 12-leading fourth shutout of the season against Oral Roberts, goalkeeper Tina Rincon became the new Tech all-time leader in career shutouts as the senior now has 12 over her four-year career. Rincon broke a record that had previously stood since 1995, only Tech's second year playing intercollegiate soccer. The record watch continues for Rincon, however, as she is only 20 saves off Megan Knauss' 246 for second place on the school's all-time saves chart.

TECH SURPASSES 2007 GOAL TOTAL
Through eight matches, the Red Raiders have netted 25 goals, which is already higher than their 2007 total of 22. Tied for 11th in the nation in scoring offense, Tech has had a player with multiple-goals in four matches, a feat only accomplished twice in 2007.

TECH REMAINS No. 15 IN SOCCER BUZZ CENTRAL REGION
The Red Raiders remained ranked No. 15 in the Soccer Buzz Central Region poll for the third-consecutive week. Tech has be ranked as high as No. 13 in the poll this year. The Big 12 holds six of the top 10 spots in this weeks poll with Texas sitting atop the rankings. For the first time this season, Tech received votes in NSCAA/Adidas Central Region poll.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Red Raiders travel to Lawrence, Kan. next weekend for their first Big 12 road contest as Tech and the No. 18 Jayhawks play Fri., Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. Tech will then travel to Missouri for a 1 p.m. contest Sun., Oct. 5.

YELINEK AMONG NATIONAL ASSIST LEADERS
Entering this weekend with assists in four-straight matches, freshman Lauren Yelinek has a team-high five assists on the season, which is second in the Big 12 and tops among conference freshmen. Yelinek is also tied for 28th in the nation in assists per game. Making her feats look more impressive, Yelinek has done all this playing left-back, a position not naturally designed for high assist numbers.

RED RAIDERS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 1996
Tech resumes Big 12 play this weekend on its best start since the 1996 season that saw the Red Raiders begin the year 6-1-0. Tech currently sits at 5-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders' 5-1-1 non-conference schedule is a vast improvement of their 2-3-1 record last season, a goal of Tech head coach Tom Stone prior to the season. Tech has one non-conference match remaining, Oct. 26 against TCU.

STARTING QUICKER, SCORING MORE
The Red Raiders have scored 16 goals in the first half this season, 14 more than all of last season. The Red Raiders have scored within the first five minutes of the match five times this season, including Brittney Harrison's school-record goal only 12 seconds into the Alabama A&M match. Tech has scored in the first half in six of eight matches this season and is 5-1 in those matches.

HARRISON COMPLETES HAT TRICK AGAINST NORTHWESTERN STATE
A week after connecting on the quickest goal in school history, Brittney Harrison completed the quickest hat trick in school history against Northwestern State as the junior netted three goals within the match's first 15 minutes. Entering this weekend, Harrison is second in the conference with six goals.

EVERYTHING COMES IN MULTIPLES FOR HINDS
Katie Hinds not only scored her first career goal against Alabama A&M, but she also added another one in the second half. A week later, Hinds added two assists against Northwestern State, which had previously not been accomplished in a single match by a Red Raider since Amy Reinhart in 2006. In the Oral Roberts match, Hinds added her second multiple-goal match of the season as the sophomore connected on Tech's first two goals en route to a 4-0 victory.

TECH LEADING AT THE HALF
After not leading a match at the half once in 2007, the Red Raiders have entered halftime with the lead in all six of its eight matches this season. Prior to the start of the season, Tech had not gone into the half with a lead since Oct. 10, 2006, when the Red Raiders led 1-0 over Texas State. The Red Raiders ended up defeating the Bobcats, 3-0.

LYTLE STARTING SEASON STRONG
Finally healthy after sitting out the entire 2007 season because of injury, redshirt freshman Taylor Lytle has begun the 2008 campaign off strong, totaling eight points off three goals and two assists. She scored her first career goal in Tech's 3-0 win over UTSA. Lytle also connected on her first career game-winning goal in Tech's 5-0 victory over Alabama A&M earlier this season.

FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTING EARLY
Prior to the 2008 season, Tech head coach Tom Stone said he knew he would have to rely on his incoming class of 12 freshmen. Already eight matches into the season, the freshmen have contributed 23 of 68 total points. Eight matches into the 2007 season, the Red Raiders had only three points coming from freshmen.

 

 

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