Oct. 29, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Texas Tech concludes the regular season with Big 12 Championship implications on the line when it travels to Colorado at 4 p.m. Friday at Prentup Field in Boulder. The match will be shown live on FSN Rocky Mountain.
The two schools are 1-1 against each other since Tech head coach Tom Stone's arrival in 2007, but Colorado is 10-2-1 all-time in the series. The Red Raiders topped the Buffs, 1-0, in their last trip to Boulder. Colorado is 5-1 all-time against Tech at home.
Already assured a spot in next week's Big 12 Championship, Colorado still enters this weekend fighting for position as the Buffs are tied for third in the conference with 15 points. Colorado (8-9, 5-4) enters the weekend having lost four of its last five matches, including a 2-0 decision to Texas A&M and a 1-0 loss to Texas last weekend.
Nikki Marshall once again leads the Buffs in goals as the senior has netted seven so far, while Kelly Butler and Kassidy Fitzpatrick have both added four each. Kara Linder has played the majority of minutes in goal, allowing 20 goals, with only seven of those coming in Big 12 play for a conferece-leading 0.77 goals against average. The Buffaloes were picked to finish third in the Big 12 preseason poll. Bill Hempen is in his ninth season in Colorado's head coach, having gone 101-65-23 during that span.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - Colleen Pitts
Colleen Pitts posted her third shutout during Big 12 play last weekend at Texas A&M and it probably couldn't have come at a better time as the Red Raiders finished in a 0-0 tie with the Aggies. Pitts will likely make her third-consecutive start in goal Friday
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND
The Red Raiders picked up two points last weekend at Texas and Texas A&M to keep Tech in the middle of the Big 12 race. Tech began the weekend with a 2-2 tie against the Longhorns and finished with a 0-0 draw at Texas A&M on Sunday. Both schools had previously won nine-straight against the Red Raiders, and Tech had never took points on the road at both schools in school history.
Depending on the results this weekend, Texas Tech could be playing in the Big 12 Championship that runs Nov. 4-8 in San Antonio. Seeding and championship brackets will be determined late Friday night following the completion of all the day's matches.
ON THE AIR
The Red Raiders will be making what is considered their first appearance on television Friday night as the match will be broadcast by FSN Rocky Mountain. Marc Stout will call the play-by-play, while U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa will be the analyst.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS
Even with Tech sitting in seventh place in the Big 12 standings, the Red Raiders are not guaranteed a spot in next week's Big 12 Championship. The only scenario where Tech would be eliminated from the championship is if Kansas defeated Missouri and if Baylor topped Oklahoma, while Tech would have to lose to Colorado. A win or tie automatically puts Tech into the championship.
LONG-TIME FRIENDS REUNITE FOR THIRD TIME
It's not every day that two long-time friends face each other in such an important match. Tech head coach Tom Stone and Colorado head coach Bill Hempen will meet for the third time on the collegiate scene Friday, with the duo splitting the series so far. Hempen was a groomsman in Stone's wedding to his wife Lindsey, while Stone also serves as Godfather to Hempen's daughter, Emma.
COLD CONDITIONS EXPECTED IN BOULDER
The Red Raiders won't have the comfort of Lubbock weather conditions in Boulder as the National Weather Service is calling for a high of 37 degrees Friday, as of Thursday morning. The Boulder area is expected to be hit by snow storms throughout Thursday with an 80 percent chance of precipitation.
GOAL STREAK ENDS FOR WARD
After five-straight matches with a goal, Dawn Ward's streak finally came to an end during Sunday's 0-0 tie with Texas A&M. The streak surpassed Ward's previous high of four-straight matches with a goal she accomplished to start the regular season. Ward has goals in six of nine Big 12 matches this season.
SHUTOUT STREAK SNAPPED, ANOTHER BROKEN
The Red Raiders were held scoreless for the first time all season against Texas A&M as Tech had previously gone a school-record 18 matches without being shutout. But with Colleen Pitts' third shutout during Big 12 play against the Aggies, the Red Raiders matched the school's single-season record most shutouts during conference play with three that was set in 2007.
LYTLE NEAR SINGLE-SEASON SHOT RECORD
With two shots this weekend against Colorado, Taylor Lytle will snap the school's single-season shot record of 78 held by Jennifer Hamm. Lytle currently has 77 shots on the year, which ranks third in the Big 12.
FOWLER NETS FIRST CAREER GOAL
Ever since entering Tech's starting lineup at the beginning of Big 12 play, Haley Fowler has turned into one of Tech's most productive defenders. The freshman from Odessa netted her first career goal in Tech's 2-2 loss to Texas, heading a Conner Williams corner kick early in the second half.
PITTS AMONG TOP BIG 12 GOALKEEPERS
After allowing only six goals through six Big 12 matches, Colleen Pitts is currently fourth in the Big 12 with a 0.93 goals against average during conference play. The junior from Dallas is also tied for third with three shutouts during the conference season, which also matches the Tech single-season record.
RED RAIDERS AND THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
With a win or tie Friday, the Red Raiders would be guaranteed their third-consecutive trip to the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, all under third-year head coach Tom Stone. Prior to Stone's arrival in 2007, Tech had made the conference championship twice in school history, with the last trip coming in 1999.
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 5-2-1 after its loss to Oklahoma State in the home finale. Tech's only other loss came Sept. 18 against Alabama when the Crimson Tide scored the game-winner with two seconds remaining in the second overtime.
LYTLE DROPS ON NCAA ASSISTS LEADERBOARD
After not having an assist since Tech's Oct. 11 match at Missouri, Taylor Lytle has gone from the national assist leader to tied for third with 11 total on the year. Lytle has already snapped the Tech single-season record for assists in a single season and has moved into sole possession of second on the career chart with 19. The school record for assists over a career is 26, set by Kristy Frantz.