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Red Raiders, Aggies Meet in NCAA Second Round Match


Nov. 21, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer team is set to square off against former Big 12 rival Texas A&M Friday afternoon as the Red Raiders march into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Texas Tech (18-2-2) and Texas A&M (18-4-1) are set for a 2:30 p.m. (CT) first kick from Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., each looking for a coveted trip to the Sweet 16.

The Red Raiders enter the match fresh off a 3-0 shutout of Minnesota in the opening round last week at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Tech sophomore Janine Beckie scored twice in the victory, while senior midfielder Jessica Fuston netted the game-winner in the ninth minute to give the Red Raiders an early 1-0 lead. The Aggies advanced to the second round after defeating Utah 1-0 in overtime in College Station.

Friday marks Tech's second-straight appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the Red Raiders advanced to the round of 32 in 2012 before falling to No. 1 seed Florida State in overtime.

The Red Raiders enter Friday's contest with one of the top defenses in the nation as Tech's opening round victory marked the squad's 17th shutout of the season. Senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson has posted 15 shutouts in front of the net, allowing just seven goals in 22 matches.

The Red Raiders and Aggies will face off for the first time since 2011 after a streak of 18-consecutive meetings was snapped when Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference last year.

STORYLINES

RED RAIDERS RETURN TO NCAA SECOND ROUND
For the second time in as many seasons the Red Raiders will make an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as Texas Tech meets former Big 12 rival Texas A&M Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tech advanced to the second round after defeating Minnesota 3-0 last week at the John Walker Soccer Complex marking its 17th shutout of the season. Tech sophomore Janine Beckie scored twice in the winning effort while senior Jessica Fuston netted her 11th career game-winner in the ninth minute. Senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson picked up her 15th shutout of the season in front of the net.

BECKIE SCORES TWICE IN NCAA FIRST ROUND WIN
Texas Tech sophomore forward Janine Beckie scored twice in the Red Raiders' 3-0 shutout of Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It marked Beckie's second multi-goal performance of the season and the fifth of her career. She has now scored twice in two separate NCAA Tournament matches during her career as the Highlands Ranch, Colo. native scored twice against Florida State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament.

TECH DEFENSE AMONG TOP NATIONALLY
The Texas Tech defense has proven to be one of the top units in the country this season allowing just seven goals in 22 contests. The Red Raiders' goals against average of just .318 ranks tops in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally entering the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, Tech's shutout percentage of .773 ranks No. 1 in the country as the Red Raiders have shutout 17 of their 22 opponents entering Tech's NCAA Second Round match. Tech's 17 shutouts are the most of any program in the country this season.

TECH SHUTS OUT SCHOOL RECORD 17 OPPONENTS
The Texas Tech defense has been dominant in 2013 allowing just seven goals in 22 matches while shutting out a school record, and nation-leading 17 opponents. In fact, only five opponents this season have found the back of the net against the Red Raiders. At home, Tech has allowed just four goals - three of which came in the second half of Tech's 3-2 loss to Long Beach State in September. Tech is one of just two Big 12 programs (Baylor) to tally at least 10 shutouts in each of the last three seasons (2011-13).

TECH FINISHES PROGRAM BEST 2ND IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE
Texas Tech won a school record 16 matches in the regular season on its way to finishing a program-best second in the Big 12 standings. The Red Raiders were the only team to go unbeaten in conference play while ending in draws at both Oklahoma State and Baylor. Tech gave up just two goals in Big 12 play this year and is on pace to break the league record for goals-allowed in a complete season.

TECH SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
Texas Tech set a school record with five Red Raiders selected to the postseason All-Big 12 Teams announced by the conference office following the regular season. Three Red Raiders were tabbed by the conference coaches as First Team selections while two were named to the Second Team. Meanwhile, two Red Raiders were named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team.

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Texas Tech enters the NCAA Tournament at No. 18 in the final regular season NSCAA rankings. The Red Raiders appear in the top-20 of each of the four major college soccer polls.

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 the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Esson ranks No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 with a .330 goals-against average through 22 matches. Esson has allowed just two goals in her previous 11 matches in front of the Texas Tech net. She has allowed just seven goals against all season, and just two goals in Big 12 play.

 

 

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