Texas Tech Soccer - 2012 Season in Review
Dec. 6, 2012
The Texas Tech soccer program took one of the most significant and historic steps forward during the unprecedented and downright unforgettable 2012 season. Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Tom Stone, the Red Raiders received their first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament, set a school record with 16 victories and advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament.
It was a season in which the Red Raiders saw a remarkable six-game win-total improvement from 2011, the largest single-season improvement among Big 12 teams.
In all, Tech ended the banner season with a 16-6-1 record - good for a school record .696 winning percentage."The experiences that we had, and the lessons we learned will propel us to even bigger things," Stone said.
The Red Raiders concluded the regular season with a thrilling 2-0 shutout victory over Oklahoma State in the NSCAA College Game of the Week in front of a national audience on FOX Soccer Channel before advancing to the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. The impressive regular season eventually earned the Red Raiders their first-ever NCAA bid and fittingly hosted North Texas in the first round.
In its NCAA Tournament debut, Texas Tech moved to 9-1 at home in 2012 with a 2-0 shutout of the Mean Green in front of a standing room only crowd of 1,738 at the John Walker Soccer Complex - the third-largest NCAA First Round crowd nationally in 2012.
Texas Tech was led in 2012 by freshman phenom Janine Beckie who tallied 14 goals - the most by a Red Raider since 1996. Beckie, who also netted five game-winners in her rookie campaign, earned Big 12 Rookie of the Year honors before becoming the first Texas Tech player to be named to the NSCAA All-America team as a second team selection. Meanwhile, junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson became the all-time shutouts leader with 14 by tying the school record with seven shutouts in 2012.
In the midst of it all, the John Walker Soccer Complex furthered its reputation as one of the best environments to watch a collegiate soccer match. Not only did the complex host its first-ever NCAA match in November, but the Red Raiders averages over 1,000 fans for the third consecutive season. On Oct. 26, Texas Tech hosted the NSCAA/FOX Soccer College Game of the Week in front of a nationally-televised audience where the Red Raiders shutout Oklahoma State 2-0 in the regular season finale.
Yes, the 2012 season was significant stride forward for the Red Raiders who will certainly return in 2013 looking to take yet another step in the that very same direction.