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Texas Tech Plays Final Two Home Matches

The Red Raiders host their final two home games of the season on Friday and Sunday.

The Red Raiders host their final two home games of the season on Friday and Sunday.

Oct. 19, 2010

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This Week's Matches
Iowa State • Fri., Oct. 22 • 7 p.m. • John Walker Soccer Complex
Missouri • Sun., Oct. 24 • 7 p.m. • John Walker Soccer Complex

The Matches
Texas Tech (10-5-1/3-3-1) plays its final two home matches of the season this week as it hosts Iowa State (6-9-2/1-6) on Fri., Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. and Missouri (5-8-2/3-4) on Sun., Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Friday's match will be senior night as this year's senior class will be honored prior to the start of the game.

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The Red Raiders
Texas Tech enters the weekend with a 10-5-1 overall record and a 3-3-1 mark in Big 12 play. On the year, freshman Jessica Fuston leads the team in points with 16, goals with seven, shots with 41 and shots-on-goal with 24. Junior Taylor Lytle, who returned to the starting lineup since suffering an injury during the North Texas game on Sept. 10, and freshman Jessica Disabella have a team-high four assists. Lytle is second on the team in points with 12 as she also has four goals. Fuston and Lytle both have a team-best three game-winning goals. Junior Casey McCall leads the team in minutes played with 1,455. 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 4-2-1 in eight games with 695 minutes of play and has 31 saves and a 0.78 goals-against average. Pitts has six shutouts this year and Wikelius has registered four.

The Opponents
Iowa State is 6-9-2 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12 after losing to No. 7 Texas A&M, 1-0, in overtime on Friday and to Texas, 2-1, on Sunday. Both matches were in Ames. On the year, freshman Emily Goldstein has team highs of 10 points, four goals, 40 shots and 21 shots-on-goal. Freshman Brittany Morgan also has a team-high four goals. Senior Jordan Bishop has a team-best three assists. Freshman Maddie Jobe has seen a majority of the time in the nets playing 1356:57 minutes with 84 saves, 25 goals allowed and a 1.66 goals-against average with three shutouts. Head coach Wendy Dillinger is in her third year at the helm of the Cyclones with a record of 18-30-8. She is also in her ninth season as a head coach with a career record of 104-55-16.

Missouri stands at 5-8-2 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12 after falling at home to both Texas, 1-0, on Friday and No. 7 Texas A&M, 4-2, on Sunday. On the year, senior Alysha Bonnick leads the team in points (18), goals (8), shots (40) and shots-on-goal (23). Senior Krista Kruse has added six goals this season. Freshman Danielle Nottingham has a team-high three assists. Sophomore Jessica Gwin has seen the most action in goal with 1134:41 minutes. She has compiled 59 saves, allowed 28 goals and has a 2.22 goals-against average and one shutout with a 3-7-2 record. Head coach Bryan Blitz is in his 14th season has head coach of the Tigers with a record of 159-133-16. He's also in his 19th season has a head coach with a career record of 204-177-24.

Series Records
Iowa State ~ Texas Tech and Iowa State are meeting for the 15th time in the series with the Cyclones holding a 10-4 advantage over the Red Raiders. However, Tech has won the last three games, all in the Tom Stone era, including last year's 2-0 win in Lubbock on Sept. 25. The last time ISU won was in a 1-0 triumph on Oct. 6, 2006, in Ames. Tech is 3-4 against the Cyclones in Lubbock.

Missouri ~ It is the 17th time that Texas Tech and Missouri will play as the Tigers are 11-5 against the Red Raiders. Mizzou has won the last four contests, including a 2-1 win in Columbia last year on Oct. 11. It's just the second meeting in Lubbock under Stone. Tech's last win, 3-1, came on Sept. 29, 2006, in Columbia. The Red Raiders are 3-4 against the Tigers at home.

Looking Ahead
The last regular-season game is at Baylor on Fri., Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. The top eight teams in the Big 12 will compete in the Big 12 Championship Nov. 3, 5 and 7, at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

In the latest NCAA RPI released this week, Texas Tech is ranked 30th among all 322 Division I schools. Tech is the third-highest ranked Big 12 school behind Oklahoma State (sixth) and Texas A&M (12th).

NCAA Stats
As of games through Oct. 17, Texas Tech ranks ninth in shutout percentage at .625 and 49th in save percentage at .831, among all Division I teams.

School Record for Shutouts
Texas Tech has recorded 10 shutouts this year which is a school record for most shutouts in a season. The previous record was eight in 1994 and 1995.

First Winning Season Since 1996
The win over Kansas guarantees the Red Raiders their first winning season since 1996 when they finished 13-8. Tech stands 10-5-1 with three regular-season games remaining.

Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Again
Freshman Jessica Fuston received her second Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor on Oct. 19, as she scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season when she headed in a corner kick from junior Taylor Lytle for the game-winning goal against Kansas. It was her third game-winning game of the year, which is tied with Lytle to lead the team.

Another Goal for McCall
In her previous two seasons, junior defender Casey McCall had scored one goal each year, and now for the first time she has scored multiple goals in a season as she headed in her second goal of the year against Kansas.

Lytle Returns to Lineup
Junior Taylor Lytle returned to the lineup for the first time in eight games. After suffering an ankle injury on Sept. 10 vs. North Texas, Lytle missed the Oral Roberts match and then played sparingly the next seven games. She collected two assists in the game against Kansas putting her just three assists shy of tying the school record for career assists.

Wikelius Notches Fourth Shutout
Entering the season, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Wikelius had not recorded a shutout in her career, but now has notched four this year alone. The four stand tied for seventh on Tech's single season list for shutouts.

McCall's Minutes
Junior Casey McCall has played all but seven minutes in Tech's 1,455 minutes this season. The junior defender is one of three players to start all 16 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 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.

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 this year. Tech had a season-high 1,643 fans at the match against Colorado. The Red Raiders are averaging 1,238 fans per game.

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.

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.

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 184. Her 49 career points is fifth all-time. She is just three assists shy of tying the school record for career assists. 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/ 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.

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 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.

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.



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