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Strahan Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Sophomore Paige Strahan was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Oct, 2 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - After scoring twice this weekend and six times in the previous five matches, Texas Tech sophomore midfielder Paige Strahan has been named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

The announcement by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday comes after Strahan helped guide the Red Raiders to a sweep of Oklahoma and Iowa State in a pair of home matches this weekend. With the weekend sweep, Texas Tech improved to 10-3 and 2-1 in conference play.

Strahan scored the game-winner in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Iowa State after scoring the opening goal of Texas Tech's 2-1 win over Oklahoma on Friday night. The Odessa, Texas native has a current five-match scoring streak dating back to Texas Tech's Sept. 16 victory over Cal State Fullerton. The streak is the longest by a Red Raider since the 2009 season.

"Full credit goes to Paige," head soccer coach Tom Stone said. "She came in fit and has worked hard in her game ever since January. There is a fearlessness about her that is contagious."

Strahan leads the team in game-winning goals with four this year, and is second on the team in scoring and points with seven goals and 15 points through Sunday.

Her four game-winning goals are tied for the lead in the Big 12.

The Big 12 Player of the Week honor is the third won by a Texas Tech player this season, as junior Jessica Fuston and freshman Janine Beckie have each garnered weekly honors previously this year.

The Red Raiders will continue their season long four-match homestand Friday when they host Baylor at the John Walker Soccer Complex. First kick for the Big 12 showdown is set for 7 p.m. as Texas Tech will look to remain unbeaten in home games this year.



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