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Tech Hits Road to Face Baylor and Oklahoma

Sept. 29, 2011

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This Week's Matches
Friday, Sept. 30 vs. Baylor @ Betty Lou May Fields, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Oklahoma @ John Crain Field, 1 p.m. Live Video & Stats: www.baylorbears.com, www.soonersports.com Twitter: @techgameday

The Red Raiders
Tech hits the road for its first conference road trip of the season. The Red Raiders are unbeaten in its last five matches and have shutout eight of 11 opponents on the season. Tech beat Missouri for the first time since 2006 and is 1-0 in conference.The Red Raiders have an overall record of 7-3-1.

Baylor
Baylor is 9-2-1, 1-1 on the season. The Bears two loses have been to No. 21 Texas A&M and Kentucky. Dana Larsen is leading Baylor with five goals on the season and Natalie Huggins is tops with three assists. Baylor won the last meeting in Waco, 1-0. The Bears lead the all time series 11-4 over the Red Raiders.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma has a 5-6 record over the season and is 0-1 in Big 12 play. The Sooners have four players tied with four goals on the season and Dria Hampton leads the team with four assists. Tech won last year's meeting in Norman 3-1. The Red Raiders lead the series 7-6-1.

Shutout Percentage
The Red Raiders have shutout eight of its 11 opponents this season. The .727 shutout percentage currently ranks them No. 4 in the NCAA. Tech has shutout eight of 11 opponents on the season and has tied the record for consecutive shutouts with five.

Shutout Records
Tech is on pace to break a few shutout records. The first being consecutive shutout records. The Red Raiders have tied the 2010 mark of five-straight shutouts. The most shutouts in a season is 10 that was set last season as well.

Big 12 Rankings
Victoria Esson is ranked No. 2 in total saves with 36 total. She averages 3.60 saves per match which ranks her No. 3 in the Big 12. She is No. 2 in total shutouts with five.

Fuston Finding the Net
Jessica Fuston has started to heat up in the last four matches. Fuston has scored five goals in the last four matches including a hat-trick against Northern Arizona. Her first goal came against Arizona State and her second of the season was the gamewinner versus Arizona. The sophomore led the team last season with 11 goals and was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year for her efforts.

Second Career Hat-Trick
Jessica Fuston became the second player in program history to have two hat-tricks in a career. She scored three in Sunday's win over Northern Arizona. Her previous hat-trick came against Iowa State last season in a 3-2 victory. The previous Red Raider to accomplish the feat was Kristy Frantz in 1996.

Two Big 12 Players of the Week
Jessica Fuston and Victoria Esson were named Big 12 Soccer Players of the Week this past week. Fuston was named offensive player of the week for the first time this season. She scored the game winner against Missouri and followed it up with a hat trick on Sunday versus Northern Arizona. Esson was named defensive player of the week for the third time this season. She becomes the first player to win the award three times in a season since Texas' Andrea Gaul last season. She shutout Missouri in her first Big 12 Conference match and combined with Gabby Kaufman to shutout Northern Arizona.

Unbeaten Streak
Tech is currently on a five match unbeaten streak (4-0-1). All five matches the opponents have failed to score. The last time the Red Raiders have given up a goal was September 9th against Hofstra.

Live Streaming
Gametracker will be available for the Baylor game while Oklahoma will offer live streaming and gametracker for fans. Red Raider fans can visit www.baylorbears.com and www.soonersports.com for more information.

Career Lead
Taylor Lytle setup two goals on Friday night against Arizona State and earned two assists for her efforts. The two assists gives her 26 for her career and moves her into a tie with Kristy Franz for Tech's career lead in assists.

All-Time Winningest Staff
With the win against Arizona State, Tom Stone, Aaron Gordon and Ashley Gordon moved into the top spot for wins as a staff. The 41 total victories surpassed head coach Felix Oskams total of 40.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week ... Again
Victoria Esson was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. The sophomore made 10 saves and recorded two shutouts at the Cats Classic this past weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Esson ranks third with 30 saves on the season.

Ward In Elite Company
Dawn Ward's two goals in the first half against Toledo put the junior in elite company. She is the second Red Raider in program history to score two goals in the first half of the match. Ward also now has 19 goals for her career which puts her at No. 5 on the career goals list.

Defense Stepping Up
The Red Raider's defense has been stellar so far this season. Opponents are being held to 0.67 goals per match average and Tech has shutout six of its nine opponents so far this season. Casey McCall and a slew of freshmen (Jaelene Hinkle, Bridgett Jenkins and Taylor Narvaiz) have solidified the back row this season.

Co-Captains
Taylor Lytle and Casey McCall were named co-captains of the Red Raider soccer team. Both are team captains from a year ago. Lytle is ranked fifth on the career points list with 54. McCall has been a defensive leader over the past three seasons and led the team in minutes played with 1821 last year.

Weekend Attendance
The Red Raiders had the second-highest weekend attendance on opening weekend with 2,467 in attendance. The previous high was the 2010 season-opening weekend, where 2,641 were in attendance at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

Home Sweet Home
The John Walker Soccer Complex has not only become one of the top facilities in the nation to watch soccer but also one of the best home-field advantages as well. Tech finished last year with a 7-2 record at the pitch and attendance average was No. 12 nationally. The Red Raiders are looking to break the school record for attendance of 1,728 set in 2009 against Oklahoma State.

Fourth-Straight Year
The victory over Rice was not only its fourth-straight season-opening victory but also its fourth-straight season-opening shutout. Tech started the steak in 2008 with a 4-0 win over Lamar while in 2009 a 5-0 victory over UTSA kept the steak alive. Last season TCU came to town and the Red Raiders prevailed 3-0.

Preseason All-Big 12 Team
The Red Raider soccer team, for the first time in program history, placed two players on the Preseason All-Big 12 Soccer team as Jessica Fuston and Taylor Lytle were both honored. Fuston was the 2010 Big 12 Rookie of the Year and a second team selection to the All-Big 12 team. She led the team with 11 goals and 24 points last season. It is the second-straight year Lytle was named to the preseason team.

Head Coach Tom Stone
Stone has a career record of 41-37-9 going into his fifth season at Tech. The Red Raiders have advanced to the Big 12 Championship in every season under Stone. Last season the squad won the most games (11) since Tech won 13 back in 1996.

Bring Cleats for a Good Cause
Any fan that brings a pair of new or slightly worn cleats will receive free entry into Texas Tech soccer matches throughout the entire season.

 

 

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