Red Raiders Host No. 25 Baylor In Friday Night Big 12 Showdown

The Texas Tech is set for a primetime Friday night matchup with No. 25 Baylor at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

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Oct. 4, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will conclude its season long four-match homestand Friday night with a Big 12 showdown against No. 25 Baylor at the John Walker Soccer Complex. First kick for the primetime matchup is set for 7 p.m. as the Red Raiders will look for their second victory over a top-25 team this season.

Texas Tech owns a 3-1-1 advantage in the series under sixth-year head coach Tom Stone while the Bears have not won a game in Lubbock since the 2004 season.

Texas Tech is coming off a sweep of Big 12 opponents as the Red Raiders defeated both Oklahoma and Iowa State in home matches at the John Walker Soccer Complex last weekend. With the pair of wins, Tech improved to a perfect 6-0 in home games this year.

Sophomore Paige Strahan led the way scoring two goals in the pair of games, including her fourth game-winner of the season in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Cyclones. With the impressive performance over the weekend Strahan extended her scoring streak to five games, the longest by a Red Raider since the 2009 season. The Odessa, Texas native was later named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week by the league on Tuesday.

Baylor will mark the first ranked team to enter the John Walker Soccer Complex during the 2012 season as the Bears are 10-1-2 overall this year with a 1-0-1 mark in conference play.

The Bears are led by offensively by senior Dana Larsen who has netted seven goals this season. Baylor will bring with it a high-powered offense as the Bears rank tops in the Big 12 in all five offensive categories averaging 2.62 goals per game while having taken an even 300 shots on the year.

The Red Raiders are off to their best start in program history through 13 games and are outscoring opponents 14-3 in home matches this season.




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