Red Raiders' Season Comes to an End|
Nov. 8, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - One of the most successful seasons in school history fell short as the Texas Tech soccer team was not one of the 64 teams selected for the NCAA Championship, which was announced today.
"We really raised the bar this year in terms of wins (11), the development of our team, attendance (averaging over 1,400 on Friday nights), rankings (high as 17th in RPI) and individual achievements (All-Big 12 selections, Player of the Week and Big 12 Rookie of the Year)," stated head coach Tom Stone. "The overall commitment of these girls was simply fantastic, dating all the way back to last spring when we started the process of building the foundation for this 2010 season. Even when we got decimated by injuries (lost a total of six starters by season's end), players came off the bench and gave us everything they had. I can't fault our commitment or our effort over the last nine months. We started strong and you could really see how good we could have been if we had stayed healthy. This team captured the attention of the student body and the local community and the resulting home game atmosphere is now one of the best you will see in college soccer. We garnered some great momentum this season and plan on continuing to be a program on the rise."
In the latest RPI rankings, Tech is ranked 51, but it wasn't enough to be one of the 64 teams selected for the NCAA Championship.
"Despite the setbacks, we still had a great chance at the NCAA tourney towards the end of the season. I believe we were ranked as high as 17 at one point," said Stone. "However, down the stretch we lost two key games, and that is on us, which ended up moving us from the inside to the outside of the bubble. It appears that we were in the 65-68 range in terms of teams just outside of the tournament so we were incredibly close for the first time in program history. Of course, none of these girls are satisfied with `close' and they are certainly not happy with the final outcome, but that is what I would expect from such a competitive and committed group. I am sure that this will only motivate us further to get going this spring and summer to make another run at it in 2011. We have chosen to see this as a part of the process of becoming the team and program we ultimately strive to be."
Ending the year with an 11-8-1 record, with four losses to top 10 teams, the 11 wins were the most for the Red Raiders since the 1996 season. The team started off the year 5-0, the best in school history against Division I opponents, and along with those five wins were five shutouts. The five shutouts was the first time in the program's history that a Tech team began the season with five-consecutive shutouts. The Red Raiders went on to post a total of 10 shutouts over the course of 20 games, a school record.
Each year the Red Raiders have improved immensely under Stone and this year was no different. With the loss of just two seniors and a "fabulous and fast group of freshmen", according to Stone, Tech fans can expect another exciting and successful season in 2011.