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No. 12 Red Raiders Set To Host Texas

Oct. 31, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 12 Texas Tech soccer team is set to host its regular season finale Friday as the Red Raiders welcome Texas to the John Walker Soccer Complex.

First kick for the match is set for 7 p.m. as the Red Raiders look to extend their program-best and Big 12-leading 14-match unbeaten streak. Tech enters the match fresh off a 2-0 shutout victory over No. 9 West Virginia Sunday as the Red Raiders have shutout each of their last three opponents.

With just six goals allowed in 18 matches this season, the Red Raiders boast the nation's top defensive unit ranking No. 1 nationally in both goals-against average (.323) and shutout percentage (.778). Tech has shutout 14 of its 18 opponents on the season - a mark that also ranks No. 1 nationally.

The Red Raiders have won back-to-back regular season meetings with the Longhorns and will look to for their third-straight regular season victory over Texas for second time in series history.

Tech sophomore Janine Beckie enters the match as the Red Raiders' leading scorer as the Highlands Ranch, Colo., native and 2012 All-American has scored in back-to-back matches for the fifth time in her career.

Meanwhile in front of the net, senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson has posted a school record 12 shutouts this season and ranks No. 2 nationally in goals-against average. 

All fans are encouraged to wear red in what has been declared the Code Red Game. The first 350 fans at the John Walker Soccer Complex will receive a free red Texas Tech Athletics shirt.

STORYLINES

Tech Looks to Make History
With a win Friday against Texas, the Red Raiders would finish the regular season unbeaten in conference play for the first time in program history. Tech enters the match with a 5-0-2 mark in Big 12 play.

Red Raiders Look Towards Program-Best Finish
With a win or draw Friday against the Longhorns, Texas Tech would secure a second place finish in the Big 12 standings marking a program-best. Tech enters the match with 17 points and in second place with a one point lead over Texas.

Tech Defense Boasts No. 1 Ranking
On the heels of back-to-back shutouts last weekend, including a 2-0 victory over No. 9 West Virginia, the Red Raider defense enters the final weekend of the regular season with the No. 1 unit in the country. The Red Raiders rank No. 1 nationally in both goals-against average (.323) and shutout percentage (.778). Tech has shutout 14 of its 18 opponents on the season including three-straight entering the Red Raiders' match against Texas Friday. The Red Raiders have shutout more opponents (14) than any program in the country.

Tech Offense Dominant in First Half
Not only has Texas Tech's defense put on a show, but the Red Raider offense has provided goal support - especially in the opening 45 minutes. Entering this weekend, the Red Raiders are shutting out opponents 22-0 in the first half. In Big 12 play, the Red Raiders have outscored opponents 6-0 in the first half.

Red Raiders Show Balance on Offensive End
The Texas Tech offense has showed impressive balance this season as 14 different Red Raiders have found the back of the net. But that's not all, 10 of those have scored at least twice and five have scored four or more times. The scoring power is led by sophomore and 2012 All-American Janine Beckie who has scored a team-high eight goals.

Esson Among Top Goalkeepers in the Country
Texas Tech senior Victoria Esson has established herself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country with her performance this season. Entering this weekend, Esson ranks No. 2 nationally with a .348 goals-against average through 18 matches. Esson has allowed just one goal in her previous seven matches in front of the Texas Tech net. She has allowed just six goals against all season, and just two goals in Big 12 play. The Christchurch, New Zealand native has already posted 12 shutouts -marking a single-season high for the all-time Texas Tech leader in the category.


 

 

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