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Tech Set For Friday Match in Norman
 

Oct. 10, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 15 Texas Tech soccer team hits the road once again this weekend as the Red Raiders are primed for two pivotal Big 12 matches at Oklahoma and No. 23 Baylor. The Red Raiders (12-1-1, 2-0-1 Big 12) enter the weekend with a Big 12-leading 10-match unbeaten streak dating back to Sept. 1.

Texas Tech opens the weekend Friday in Norman with first kick set for 7 p.m. at the Sooner Soccer Complex. Sooner Sports TV on FOX Sports Oklahoma as well as FOX College Sports Pacific will carry a regional broadcast of the match.

"We're confident and excited for the challenges this weekend presents." Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "We know teams play better at home so we are going to get everybody's best shot."

The weekend closes with a highly-anticipated match at No. 23 Baylor in Waco Sunday. Sunday's match will air live on FOX Sports Southwest.

The Red Raiders have shutout seven of their last eight opponents and enter the weekend No. 1 nationally in goals against average (.349) and shutout percentage (.786). Tech has allowed just one goal in three Big 12 matches and is unbeaten (6-0-1) in matches away from the John Walker Soccer Complex.

STORYLINES

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Texas Tech hits the road again this weekend for matches at Oklahoma (Friday 7 p.m.) and Baylor (Sunday 1 p.m.). The Red Raiders enter the weekend 3-0-1 in true road games and 3-0-0 in neutral site games for a combined 6-0-1 record away from home this season. The Red Raiders recently completed a season-long six match road trip in which Tech went 5-0-1 and allowed just one goal.

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Red Raider soccer team enters the weekend No. 15 in the National Soccer Coaches Association rankings released on Tuesday. The top-15 ranking comes after Texas Tech went 2-0 this weekend with a 2-0 victory over TCU in the Big 12 home opener and an 8-0 rout of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Texas Tech improved to 12-1-1 on the season and 2-0-1 in Big 12 play with the performance.

TECH DEFENSE - NO. 1 IN THE COUNTRY
With seven shutouts in the last eight matches, the Red Raider defense has established itself as one of the top units in the nation and enters this weekend ranked No. 1 nationally in goals-against average (0.349) and shutout percentage (.786). The Red Raiders have allowed just one goal in Big 12 play and have shutout of a total of 12 opponents on the season. 

TECH OFFENSE DOMINANT IN FIRST HALF
Not only has Texas Tech's defense put on a show, but the Red Raider offense has provided goal support - especially in the opening 45 minutes. Entering this weekend, the Red Raiders are shutting out opponents 20-0 in the first half. In Big 12 play, the Red Raider have outscored opponents 4-0.

RED RAIDERS SHOW BALANCE ON OFFENSIVE END
The Texas Tech defense isn't the only part of the Red Raiders game that has been impressive in 2013. The Texas Tech offense has showed impressive balance this season as 14 different Red Raiders have found the back of the net. But that's not all, nine of those have scored at least twice and seven have scored three or more times. The scoring power is led by sophomore and 2012 All-American Janine Beckie who has scored a team-high six goals.

ESSON AMONG TOP KEEPERS IN THE COUNTRY
Texas Tech senior Victoria Esson has established herself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country with her performance in 2013. Entering this weekend, Esson ranks No. 6 nationally with a .384 goals-against average through 14 matches. She has allowed just five goals against and just one goal in Big 12 play. The Christchurch, New Zealand native has already posted 11 shutouts -marking a single-season high for the all-time Texas Tech leader in the category.


 

 

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