Oct. 15, 2009
Weekly Media Session
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Texas Tech aims to keep its five-match home unbeaten streak going into the home finale at 7 p.m. Friday against Oklahoma State at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
After Tech won four of the first five matches in the series, Oklahoma State has controlled the matchup in previous years, winning seven of the last nine contests. Tech last beat the Cowgirls in 2007 at home. OSU topped Tech twice last year, a 5-1 victory in Stillwater and a 3-0 win in the first round of the Big 12 Championship.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
Despite only starting the conference season 2-5, the Red Raiders (8-6-1; 3-2-1) still have a tough task ahead of them in the defending Big 12 regular-season champion Cowgirls (8-7 overall). Four of OSU's five conference losses have come by only a goal. The Cowgirls lead the conference with eight shutouts records, and have allowed the second-fewest goals with 12. OSU posted shutouts in six of its eight non-conference matches.
Annika Niemeier leads the Cowgirls with five goals and two assists for a team-high 12 points, while four players - Siera Strawer, Katie Richardson, Kasey Langdon, and Megan Marchesano - have four goals on the season. Adrianna Franch has played the majority of minutes in goal, allowing only 10 goals for a .073 goals against average, while posting a Big 12-leading six shutouts. Colin Carmichael is in his fifth season as the head coach in Stillwater, going 67-23-13 during that span.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - SENIOR CLASS
Tech's largest senior class under third-year head coach Tom Stone, Emmie Bennett, Sarabeth Clopton, Brittney Harrison, Megan Hoffert, Jennifer Kammerer, Zhaleh Rezaie and Maegan Wilber will all be in their final match at the John Walker Soccer Complex Friday night. The class began the transformation of the Tech soccer program that was winless in Big 12 play four of the five years prior to the class' arrival in 2006. Since their arrival, Tech's seven seniors have won 13 conference matches and made a trip to the Big 12 Championship in each of the last two seasons, a first in Tech history.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND
Tech went 0-2 last weekend for the first time all season. The Red Raiders had split or tied a match in every weekend prior. Kansas topped Tech, 3-2, on Friday, while Missouri dropped the Red Raiders, 2-1, on Sunday.
With its home schedule behind them, Tech closes the regular season with three-consecutive road matches at Texas, Texas A&M and Colorado. All three schools are in the top half of the Big 12 standings, with Colorado leading the conference with 15 points. The Aggies are tied with Tech for third place, while Texas is in a three-way tie for fifth place.
TECH-COLORADO SELECTED FOR FSN
The Red Raiders will make their first appearance on television in the Tom Stone era when they face Colorado on FSN Rocky Mountain Oct. 30. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. CT from Prentup Field in Boulder.
RED RAIDERS PROTECT THIS HOUSE
With only eight of 19 regular-season matches at the John Walker Soccer Complex, Tech has protected its home field, going 5-1-1 entering its final match Friday. Tech's only loss came Sept. 18 against Alabama when the Crimson Tide scored the game-winner with two second remaining in the second overtime.
LYTLE STILL SHARES NATIONAL ASSIST LEAD
Taylor Lytle remains in the national lead for most assists with 11 after adding one against Missouri. Kate Megna from Wisconsin-Milwaukee also has 11 entering this weekend. Lytle's assist against the Tigers moved the sophomore into sole possession of second on the career assist chart with 19. The school record for assists over a career is 26, set by Kristy Frantz from 1996-99.
TECH STILL AIMING FOR MORE POINTS
While Tech already has 10 conference points with four matches to play, the Red Raiders might need more points to assure themselves a spot in the Big 12 Championship for the third-consecutive season. The fewest points a team has had to enter the tournament is nine (Baylor in 2006; Tech in 2008).
WARD HITS DOUBLE-DIGIT GOALS
With her two goals last weekend, Dawn Ward became the first Tech player to post double-digit goals in a season since Amy Rutstein did so in 1998. Ward is tied for the second-most goals by a freshman, trailing the single-season record holder Kristy Frantz who netted 18 in 1996.
OFFENSE CONSISTENTLY PUTTING UP GOALS
For the first time in school history, the Red Raiders have not been shutout in its first 15 matches as Tech is averaging 2.40 goals per game. Tech's offense is ranked 19th in the nation in scoring offense as the Red Raiders has scored at least two goals in all but four matches this season.
McCALL PLAYING BIG MINUTES
Playing all 90 minutes has become a regular happening for Casey McCall as the sophomore has played every minute in Tech's last 13 matches. She netted her only goal of the season against Oklahoma that put the Red Raiders ahead 1-0 early into the match.
TECH UNVEILS NEWEST FACILITY
The Texas Tech Athletics Department officially unveiled the John Walker Soccer Complex prior to the Baylor match with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The second-year facility was introduced by Tech Chancellor Kent Hance, President Guy Bailey, Athletics Director Gerald Myers, head coach Tom Stone and alum and complex namesake John Walker.
RED RAIDERS STRONG IN FIRST RPI RANKINGS
After a strong start to Big 12 play, Tech was No. 52 in the first RPI rankings released a week ago. The Red Raiders were the fourth-highest team in the Big 12.
LYTLE BREAKS SINGLE-SEASON ASSIST RECORD
Taylor Lytle broke the Tech single-season assist record against Nebraska as the sophomore provided her then NCAA-leading 10th assist of the year to Sarah Ellison in the match's 50th minute. The assist also moved Lytle into a tie with Kristi Patterson for second on the school's career list with 18. The Las Cruces, N.M., native surpassed Patterson with her assist against Missouri last weekend and only trails Kristy Frantz by seven on the school's career chart.