Oct. 6, 2011
Texas Tech Notes | Texas A&M and TCU Preview
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer team will host Big 12 conference foe Texas A&M Friday at 7 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex and will then head to Ft. Worth on Sunday for a match with TCU at 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
This Week's Matches
Friday, Oct. 7 vs. Texas A&M @ John Walker Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9 vs. TCU @ Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium, 7 p.m.
Live Video & Stats: www.texastech.com, www.gofrogs.com
The Red Raiders
Tech welcomes Texas A&M on Friday, Oct 7 at 7 p.m. for a Big 12 matchup and will travel to Ft. Worth for a match on Sunday, Oct. 9 against TCU at 7 p.m. The Red Raiders went 1-0-1 last weekend and currently sit in third place in the Big 12 standings. Tech is unbeaten in its last seven matches and has only given up a total of six goals on the season.
Texas A&M comes to Lubbock with a 9-5 record but just a 1-3 record on the road. Annie Kunz leads the Aggies with 10 goals on the season. The series record is in favor of the Aggies with a 1-15-1 record. The only Red Raider victory came in 1999.
The Horned Frogs have a record of 6-5-1, 0-1 on the season. Jordan Calhoun has led the team with five goals and three players are tops with two assists on the season. TCU has three common opponents with the Red Raiders. The Frogs have a win (Hofstra), loss (Rice) and a tie (NAU) against the three. TCU has a record of 2-2-1 at home. 5-11-2
Tech has only allowed six goals on the season with three of them coming to No. 11/16/8 Florida. The Red Raiders have yet to give up a goal in a victory or tie this season. One goal came off of a penalty kick against Hofstra. The fewest goals allowed in a season was set in 1994 and the Red Raiders only allowed eight that season.
The Red Raiders have shutout 10 of its 13 opponents this season which ties a school record. The .769 shutout percentage currently ranks them No. 2 in the NCAA. Tech has broken the school record for consecutive shutouts with seven.
The Red Raiders have broke the record for consecutive shutouts in a season. Tech has held seven-straight opponent scoreless. The squad also has tied the school record for consecutive shutouts with 10 this past weekend.
Victoria Esson became the first player in Big 12 history to be named defensive player of the week four times in a single season. It is her third-straight week to be honored with the award. The sophomore made a total of six saves in shutting out both Baylor and Oklahoma.
Toys For Tot Campaign
The United State Marine Corp is kicking off its Toys for Tots campaign at Friday night's soccer match against Texas A&M. Fans who bring a new unwrapped toy to the match will receive free admission.
The women's soccer team has joined the football team in its theme to blackout Texas A&M. Fans are encouraged to wear all black to the match on Friday and football game on Saturday. Anybody that brings a Texas A&M football ticket to the pitch will receive free admission Friday night.
The Red Raiders have a presence in the national rankings so far this season.
2nd in Shutout Percentage (.769)
12th in Goals Against Average (.444)
14th in Save Percentage (.889)
Esson is 22nd in Save Percentage (.875)
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 for the week of October 27. 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.
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.
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.
Taylor Lytle setup two goals on Friday night against Arizona State and earned two assists for her efforts. The two assists give her 26 for her career and moves her into a tie with Kristy Frantz 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 42 total victories surpassed head coach Felix Oskams total of 38.
Big 12 Defensive POW ... 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.
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.
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.
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 42-37-10 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.