Red Raiders Host Big 12 Home Opener Friday

Texas Tech hosts its Big 12 home opener Friday night at 7 p.m. against Oklahoma.

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Sept. 27, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech is set to host its Big 12 home opener with a pair of conference rivals visiting the John Walker Soccer Complex this weekend. The Red Raiders will open the weekend with a Friday night showdown against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. before hosting Iowa State for a Sunday afternoon match at 1 p.m.

The Red Raiders will certainly look to take advantage of their current home stand as they are a perfect 4-0 this season in games played at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Tech has outscored opponents at home by a significant margin of 10-1 en route to that perfect 4-0 mark on its home field.

Meanwhile, the Red Raiders enter this weekend as winners of four-straight Big 12 home openers and are 4-1 during the Tom Stone Era dating back to 2007.

Oklahoma enters Friday night having not won a game in Lubbock since the 2006, while the Cylcones have not defeated Tech at the John Walker Soccer Complex since 2005.

Texas Tech is led offensively by three Red Raiders who have combined for 16 goals this season. The scoring trio includes freshman Janine Beckie (7 goals), sophomore Paige Strahan (5 goals) and junior Jessica Fuston (4 goals). Beckie and Fuston have both been honored by the Big 12 as Players of the Week this season, while Strahan became the first Red Raiders to score in three consecutive matches since 2010.

The Red Raiders are coming off of a 5-0 shutout victory over New Mexico State last weekend at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Strahan netted two goals in the victory to bring her season total to five.

Texas Tech, which ranked No. 13 nationally in home attendance during the 2011 season, has hosted seven-straight Friday night matches with over 1,000 in attendance at the John Walker Soccer Complex.



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