Red Raiders Play at Texas and Texas A&M This Weekend

The Red Raiders hit the road for games at Texas and Texas A&M.

The Red Raiders hit the road for games at Texas and Texas A&M.
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Oct. 6, 2010

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This Week's Matches
at Texas • Fri., Oct. 8 • 7 p.m. • Mike A. Myers Stadium
at #10 Texas A&M • Sun., Oct. 10 • 1:30 p.m. • Aggie Soccer Stadium

The Matches
Texas Tech (9-4/2-2) hits the road for games at Texas (7-3-2/0-2-1) on Fri., Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Mike A. Myers Stadium and at No. 10 Texas A&M (9-3/2-1) on Sun., Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

On the Web
Live stats and free live video will be available for both matches at www.texastech.com.

The Red Raiders
Texas Tech enters the weekend with a 9-4 overall record and a 2-2 mark in Big 12 play after splitting games last weekend. The Red Raiders were victorious over Colorado, 1-0, on Friday and then had a heartbreaking overtime lost to Nebraska, 5-4, on Sunday. Against the Buffaloes, junior Casey McCall scored the game-winning goal in the sixth minute on an assist by freshman Jessica Disabella. Senior goalkeeper Colleen Pitts got her sixth shutout of the season. In the game versus Nebraska, freshman Jessica Fuston scored two goals - one from junior Taylor Lytle and one on a penalty kick. Senior Leanne Mihelich netted a goal from Fuston and then freshman Mallory Yacullo tied the game as time expired in regulation. McCall and junior Madison Terry were credited with the assist on Yacullo's goal. On the year, Fuston leads the team in points with 14 and goals with six. Disabella has team bests of four assists, 35 shots and 19 shots-on-goal. McCall leads the team in minutes played at 1,165. Pitts and sophomore Erin Wikelius have split time in goal with Pitts starting nine games with 776:50 minutes in the nets. Pitts has collected 41 saves while allowing nine goals and has a 6-3 record.

The Opponents
Texas is 7-3-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the Big 12 after beating Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 4-3, on Friday night and losing to Kansas, 1-0, on Sunday. On the year, sophomore Kristin Cummins leads the Longhorns in goals with five, while junior Kylie Doniak has a team-high six assists. Freshman Leah Fortune leads the team in points (12), shots (27) and shots-on-goal (15). Sophomore Alexa Gaul has played all 1128:04 minutes in goal with four shutouts and 40 saves while allowing 14 goals. Chris Petrucelli is in his 12th year as head coach of the Longhorns with a record of 150-76-23. He is also in his 20th year as a head coach with a career record of 325-98-33.

No. 10 Texas A&M owns a 9-3 overall record and is 2-1 in the Big 12 after shutting out Kansas, 1-0, on Friday night - it's lone game of the weekend. On the year, senior Alyssa Mautz has team highs of 19 points, nine goals and 59 shots. Junior Merritt Mathias leads the team in shots-on-goal with 27, while junior Bri Young has a team-best five assists. Senior Kristin Arnold and Kelly Dyer have split time in the nets with Arnold playing 660 minutes with a 6-1 record. She has collected 28 saves and allowed 10 goals. G Guerrieri is in his 18th season at the helm of the Aggies with a record of 297-88-18. He is in his 20th year has a head coach with a career record of 313-100-18.

Series Records
Texas ~ The Red Raiders and Longhorns are meeting for the 17th time in the series as Texas holds an 11-3-2 advantage over Texas Tech. Last season the game ended in a double overtime 2-2 tie in Austin on Oct. 23. Tech has not beaten Texas since a 3-0 victory on Oct. 8, 1999, in Lubbock. The Red Raiders are 1-6-2 against Texas in Austin. The only win for Tech in Austin was a 2-1 triumph on Oct. 13, 1996.

Texas A&M ~ It is the 17th meeting between Texas Tech and Texas A&M with the Aggies leading the series 14-1-1. Last year the game ended in 0-0 double overtime draw in College Station. Tech's one win came on Oct. 10, 1999, 1-0, in Lubbock. The Red Raiders are 0-8 against Texas A&M in College Station.

Looking Ahead
Texas Tech returns to Lubbock for its final three home matches - Fri., Oct. 15, vs. Kansas at 7 p.m., Fri. Oct. 22, vs. Iowa State at 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 24, vs. Missouri at 7 p.m. The last regular-season game is at Baylor on Fri., Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

The first official NCAA RPI (rate percentage index) was released this week and Texas Tech is ranked 17th among all 322 Division I schools. The Red Raiders are the second-highest ranked Big 12 school behind Oklahoma State who is seventh.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Oct. 3, Texas Tech ranks 16th in shutout percentage at .615, 47th in save percentage at .843 and 53rd in won-lost-tied percentage at .692, among all Division I teams.

Fuston Tallies Five Points Against Huskers
Freshman Jessica Fuston collected five points in the overtime loss to Nebraska as she netted two goals and picked up an assist. It was the third time this season for a multi-goal game as she scored twice versus TCU in the season opener and twice at Rice.

Yacullo Named a CS360 Primetime Performer
Freshman Mallory Yacullo scored her first collegiate goal in exciting fashion and was named a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer for it. Trailing 4-2 against Nebraska, freshman Jessica Fuston scored on a penalty kick with under two and half minutes to go to put the score 4-3. With under 10 seconds to go, junior Madison Terry served a driven ball to the back post and junior Casey McCall challenged hard for the cross and got enough on it to get to the far post where Yacullo came flying in to hammer home the tying goal just as the clock hit zero, sending the game into overtime.

McCall Scores First Goal
Junior Casey McCall scored her first goal of the season and the third of her career in the win over Colorado. In the sixth minute of play, McCall hammered one in from six yards out with her head on a corner kick from freshman Jessica Disabella. It was McCall's first career game-winning goal. It was also Disabella's fourth assist of the year.

Another Shutout for Pitts
Senior Colleen Pitts picked up her sixth shutout of the season in the 1-0 win over Colorado. Pitts played all 90 minutes in the nets and registered five saves. The six shutouts ranks second on Texas Tech's single season list. Standing in first is Tina Rincon with eight. Pitts now has nine shutouts in her career, which is fourth best all-time at Tech.

Eight Shutouts Ties School Record
Texas Tech's eight shutouts this season ties the school record for most shutouts in a year. The Red Raiders also had eight shutouts in 1994 and 1995.

Season-High Attendance
Texas Tech soccer has become a big hit around the Lubbock community, especially in the last couple of years, and it was evident again last weekend as Tech had a season-high 1,643 fans at the match against Colorado. The Red Raiders are averaging 1,200 fans per game this year.

Ward Scores Fourth Goal
Sophomore Dawn Ward got her fourth goal of the season as she scored the first of three goals for the Red Raiders in the win at Oklahoma. The goal gives her 17 in her career and she needs just one more goal to move into a tie for fifth on Tech's career goals list.

First Career Assist for Fuston
After scoring four goals this season, freshman Jessica Fuston got her first career assist on sophomore Dawn Ward's goal at Oklahoma in the Big 12 season opener.

Disabella Gets Second Game Winner
Freshman Jessica Disabella got her second goal of the year, which was her second game-winning goal of the season as well, at Oklahoma. Her first game-winning goal came two games earlier against Oral Roberts.

Big Game for Smith at OU
Sophomore Tiffini Smith had a big game in the victory at Oklahoma as she collected three points on the night. Smith was credited with the assist in freshman Jessica Disabella's goal in the 23rd minute and then scored her first goal of the season in the 61st minute to secure the win for the Red Raiders.

Haagsma Out for the Season
Freshman Hayley Haagsma suffered a right knee injury against Oral Roberts and will miss the rest of the 2010 season. Haagsma had played in all eight games with seven starts up to that point. She also took home all-tournament team honors from the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic.

A Season of Firsts
After starting the season off 5-0, the Red Raiders have already made their marks in the record books. The 5-0 start is the best in school history against Division I opponents and to go along with those five wins have been five shutouts. The five shutouts is the first time in the program's history that a Tech team began the season with five-consecutive shutouts.

All-Tournament Team, Again
Texas Tech had six players honored for their play during the Red Raider Classic Sept. 10 and 12. Sophomore Haley Fowler was named the Defensive MVP, while sophomore Erin Wikelius took home Goalkeeper MVP honors. Four other Red Raiders were named to the all-tournament team - junior Taylor Lytle, sophomores Sarah Ellison and Tiffini Smith and freshman Jessica Disabella. It was Lytle's second all-tournament team selection this season.

Disabella Scores First Collegiate Goal
It took almost 85 minutes to get the game-winning goal, but that's exactly what freshman Jessica Disabella did against North Texas. It marked the first collegiate goal for the Flower Mound, Texas, native. She followed it up in the next game with an assist on the game-winning goal against Oral Roberts. It was her third assist on the year.

Ellison Notches Third Goal
Sophomore Sarah Ellison notched her third goal of the season and her first career game-winning goal against Oral Roberts, which came in the 56th minute of the match.

First Career Shutouts for Wikelius
Sophomore Erin Wikelius recorded back-to-back shutouts against North Texas and Oral Roberts for the first two shutouts of her career. On the weekend, Wikelius played all 180 minutes collecting seven saves.

Disabella Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Freshman Jessica Disabella was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the week for her performances against North Texas and Oral Roberts. Disabella totaled three points on the weekend as the Red Raiders improved to 7-1 and notched their sixth and seventh shutouts of the season. The midfielder secured her first collegiate goal on Friday, the game-winner in the 84th minutes as Tech edged North Texas, 1-0. On Sunday, she provided the assist for the game-winning goal as the Red Raiders defeated Oral Roberts, 1-0.

All-Tournament Team
Three Red Raiders graced the All-Tournament team at the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic hosted by Notre Dame. Junior Taylor Lytle, sophomore Dawn Ward and freshman Hayley Haagsma were all honored for their stellar performances that weekend.

McCall Gets First Assist
Junior defender Casey McCall got her first assist of the year on junior Taylor Lytle's game-winning goal versus Ole Miss. It marked the second assist of her career with the first coming last season against Iowa State.

Moving on Up
Junior Taylor Lytle continues to move up the charts on Tech's career lists. Lytle jumped to second on Tech's career shots list with 176. Her 47 career points is fifth all-time. Her game-winning goal against Ole Miss gives her five in her career, which ranks tied for fourth all-time. That goal also gave her 13 career goals, moving her to 10th (tied) on the career goals list. Sophomore Dawn Ward also jumped to sixth on the career goals list as she has scored four goals this season.

Receiving Votes for the First Time
Another first in the history of the program took place the week of Aug. 30, as the Red Raiders received votes in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings (top 25 poll). Tech got 14 votes in the poll which is voted on by a panel of Division I college coaches. Tech received eight votes on Sept. 7 and nine on Sept. 14. Tech got seven votes in the Soccer Times top 25 poll as well on Sept. 14.

Fuston Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Freshman Jessica Fuston was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the week for her performances at Northwestern State and Rice. Fuston started both of Texas Tech's matches last weekend and played all 90 minutes at Rice. The freshman forward scored her third and fourth goals of the season on Sunday against the Owls and is tied for third in the conference with eight total points.

First Half Goals Tied for Second
Freshman Jessica Fuston's two first-half goals against TCU and Rice are tied for second on the single-game list for first half goals. The record for most goals in the first half is three set by Chessa Purser against Prairie View A&M in 2006 and Brittney Harrison versus Northwestern State in 2008.

Fuston Earns Honors
Freshman forward Jessica Fuston made her collegiate debut Aug. 20 and 22, and her standout efforts did not go unnoticed. The Cedar Park, Texas, native garnered TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week honors. Fuston was the only Big 12 player named to that week's team.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Colleen Pitts received her first Big 12 honor as she was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 24, for her performances against TCU and Texas State. Pitts recorded two shutouts as she played all 90 minutes in both matches and tallied 10 saves on the weekend.

Filling the Stands
The Lubbock community continues to be big supporters of the Tech soccer team as the Red Raiders drew over 1,200 fans at each of the first two matches. Against TCU, 1,356 people witnessed Tech's season-opening victory, while 1,285 fans took in the Texas State win.

Lytle, McCall Named Captains
Tom Stone has called upon two juniors to lead this team as Taylor Lytle and Casey McCall have been named team captains for the 2010 season.

Lytle Preseason All-Big 12
After a stellar sophomore campaign, junior Taylor Lytle looks to continue on her success into 2010 as she was named preseason All-Big 12. Last season, Lytle became only the school's second player all-time to be named first team All-Big 12, while breaking the school's single-game and single-season assist records.

Williams Redshirting
Sophomore Conner Williams is redshirting the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury during summer club play.

Attendance Records Set in 2009
Two thousand and nine saw the opening of one of the best soccer facilities in the country as the John Walker Soccer Complex made it debut. The 1,728 fans in attendance at Tech's home finale against Oklahoma State not only set a new John Walker Soccer Complex record, but it also broke the school record that was previously set against Notre Dame in 2004. The John Walker Soccer Complex attendance record was broken three different times last season as the program averaged 908 fans per match.




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