Oct. 13, 2010
This Week's Match
Kansas Friday, Oct. 15 7 p.m. John Walker Soccer Complex
Texas Tech (9-5-1/2-3-1) returns to Lubbock for its final three home games of the season starting with its lone match of the week against Kansas (5-9/1-5) on Fri., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
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The Red Raiders
Texas Tech enters the game with a 9-5-1 overall record and a 2-3-1 mark in Big 12 play after tying at Texas, 0-0, last Friday and losing at then No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-0, on Sunday. On the year, freshman Jessica Fuston leads the team in points with 14, goals with six, shots with 38 and shots-on-goal with 21. Freshman Jessica Disabella has a team-best four assists. Junior Taylor Lytle and sophomore Dawn Ward both have 10 points on the year as both have four goals and two assists. Junior Casey McCall has logged a team-high 1,365 minutes of play. Senior Colleen Pitts and sophomore Erin Wikelius have both seen time in the nets with Pitts playing 766:50 minutes in nine games with 41 saves, a 1.06 goals-against average and a record of 6-3. Wikelius is 3-2-1 in seven games with 605 minutes of play and has 27 saves and a 0.89 goals-against average. Pitts has six shutouts this year and Wikelius has registered three.
Kansas owns a 5-9 overall record and is 1-5 in the Big 12 after losing twice last weekend in Lawrence - 2-0 to then No. 7 Oklahoma State on Friday and 3-1 to Oklahoma on Sunday. On the year, junior Emily Cressy leads the Jayhawks in points (6), goals (3) and shots-on-goal (16), while sophomore Whitney Berry has team highs of three assists and 45 shots. Sophomore Kat Liebetrau has played all 1277:08 minutes in goal, collecting 81 saves with a 1.55 goals-against average and four shutouts. Mark Francis is in his 12th year at the helm of the Jayhawks with a record of 134-95-17. He is also in his 15th year as a head coach with a career record of 167-121-18.
Texas Tech and Kansas are meeting for the 16th time in the series with the Jayhawks holding an 11-3-1 advantage over the Red Raiders. In the last game, the two teams ended in a 1-1 double overtime tie in the play-in game of the 2009 Big 12 Championship. KU swept through its five attempts and Tech connected on its first four before goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau stopped a Maggie Fete penalty kick to push the Jayhawks into the Big 12 Championship. KU won the first meeting in 2009, 3-2, in Lawrence on Oct. 9. Tech's last victory came on Sept. 28, 2003, in a 3-2 triumph in Lubbock. The Jayhawks have won six-straight regular-season games against the Red Raiders. Tech is 2-5 against Kansas in Lubbock.
With three regular-season games remaining, Texas Tech plays its last two home games next week - 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.
In the latest NCAA RPI (rate percentage index) released this week, Texas Tech is ranked 22nd among all 322 Division I schools. The Red Raiders are the third-highest ranked Big 12 school behind Oklahoma State (sixth) and Texas A&M (12th).
As of games through Oct. 10, Texas Tech ranks 12th in shutout percentage at .600, among all Division I teams.
School Record for Shutouts
With the tie at Texas on Oct. 8, Texas Tech set a school record for most shutouts in a season with nine. The previous record was eight in 1994 and 1995.
Junior Casey McCall has played all but seven minutes in Tech's 1,372 minutes this season. The junior defender is one of three players to start all 15 matches this year.
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.
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.
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 178. 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.
Sophomore Conner Williams is redshirting the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury during summer club play.