More Mature Tech Squad Ready For Iowa State|
Oct. 21, 2011
Tech looks for fourth Big 12 win this season.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech soccer coach Tom Stone understands he has a more mature team this season.
He saw that maturity come to surface on Sunday night when the Red Raiders were able to walk out of John Walker Soccer Complex with a 3-2 win in double overtime against Texas - beating the Longhorns for the first time since 1999.
"That wasn't even a stat that I was aware of," Stone said. "It was never about beating Texas, necessarily - it was about winning a game.
"... It was more about the last home game and our team having to win -- needing to win -- and it's good to know that when we absolutely had to have it that we had a lot in the tank that night. We had a lot of players play really well."
Now the Red Raiders (10-5-2, 3-2-1 Big 12) have a chance to get closer to a spot in the postseason if it can get a road win over Iowa State on Friday at ISU Soccer Complex.
The Cyclones (7-8-1, 0-5) come in with a five-game conference losing streak and are at the bottom of the Big 12 standings while Tech finds itself in fourth place -- just two points behind Texas A&M and three points behind No. 2 Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Tech is 4-0 against Iowa State since Stone took over the team in 2007 and had a similar ending to its game last season that nearly mirrored Sunday night's game against Texas.
Jessica Fuston needed a hat trick to do it but her third goal was the game-winner in double-overtime last year to beat the Cyclones. Sunday was the first time she had a game-winner since then, scoring her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Fuston said even though the game outcomes are similar on a scoreboard, this team is much different than the one last season.
"I think we've just grown more collectively as a team," Fuston said. "We play more together and you can tell there's just more chemistry on the field. It starts with all the seniors -- Casey (McCall), Maddie (Madison Terry), Taylor (Lytle), and Maggie (Fete) -- and it works its way down. We're just a better team this season."
First kick is at 6:30 p.m. Check back at www.texastech.com for full results following the conclusion of the game.
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