Dec. 16, 2013
2013 Season in Review
LUBBOCK, Texas - With a school record 18 victories and a second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Red Raider soccer program took yet another significant leap forward in 2013.
Under the leadership of seventh-year head coach Tom Stone, the Red Raiders broke a plethora of school records, pinned its second-straight All-American and went unbeaten in Big 12 play - just to name a few.
Yes, it was a memorable season in Lubbock for the Red Raider soccer squad as Tech continued to build itself as a force on the collegiate soccer scene. The squad ended the season at No. 17 in the NSCAA Postseason rankings while securing its first-ever top-30 ranking in the final edition of the NCAA RPI.
Meanwhile, Tech continued its dominant play at the John Walker Soccer Complex where the Red Raiders went a remarkable 10-1 and 4-0 in Big 12 games while picking up their second-straight NCAA victory in front of a home crowd.
The Red Raiders return more than 70 percent of its scoring next season, including each of the top-three scorers from the 2013 squad - all three of which were just sophomores.
THE 2013 STORYLINES
TECH RETURNS TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Texas Tech advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history and second time in as many seasons. The Red Raiders hosted Minnesota in the first round and shutout the Golden Gophers 3-0 before advancing to the second round to face former Big 12 rival Texas A&M in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tech remained unbeaten in NCAA Tournament games played at the John Walker Soccer Complex where they have also yet to give up a goal in postseason play.
RED RAIDERS CLOSE SEASON IN TOP-20 OF NATIONAL RANKINGS
After advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and capturing a school record 18 victories, the Red Raider soccer team appeared at No. 17 in the NSCAA Postseason Rankings. It marks the highest postseason ranking in program history after Texas Tech wrapped up the 2012 season with a No. 25 ranking - its first appearance in the postseason top-25 in school history. Tech also appeared in the top-30 of the final NCAA RPI rankings checking in at No. 29.
RED RAIDERS FINISH PROGRAM-BEST SECOND IN BIG 12
Texas Tech went unbeaten in Big 12 play with a 6-0-2 mark to finish second overall in the final conference standings. It marked a new program-best finish for the Red Raiders as Tech has improved its final Big 12 finish in each of the last six seasons. Tech's six conference wins marked a program-best while the Red Raiders are one of just five teams to go unbeaten in Big 12 play in the last 13 seasons.
TECH DEFENSE SHATTERS SCHOOL RECORDS
In what has become a trademark for Texas Tech soccer, the Red Raider defense was dominant in 2013. Tech shutout 17 of its 23 opponents while allowing just nine goals for a remarkable 0.39 goals-against average. Tech's 17 shutouts ranked second in the NCAA, while its goals-against average ranked No. 3 nationally. Both were school records. The Red Raiders also ranked second nationally in shutout percentage (.739) and sixth nationally in save percentage (.880). Tech's nine goals allowed tied the Big 12 Conference season record (Oklahoma State/2011).
PACING THE BIG 12 IN GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE
With a school record goals-against average of 0.39, the Red Raider defense posted a mark of below 1.0 for the third consecutive season. It marks the first time in school history to do so, while Tech is one of just two Big 12 programs (Baylor) to post a mark below 1.0 in each of the last three seasons. The Red Raiders allowed just one goal in the first half of play in 2013 and allowed just two goals total in conference play.
RECORD FIVE RED RAIDERS EARN ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
Five Red Raiders were named to the postseason All-Big 12 team with three appearing on the first team. Sophomore forward Janine Beckie, junior defender Jaelene Hinkle and senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson each earned First Team honors while junior Paige Strahan and senior Hayley Haagsma were each named to the Second Team. The five selections to the All-Big 12 postseason team marked a new school record.
HINKLE EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Texas Tech's Jaelene Hinkle became the program's second All-American in two years when the junior defender was tabbed to the third team by the NSCAA. Hinkle finished the 2013 season with six assists and was named to both the All-Big 12 and NSCAA All-Central Region first teams. Texas Tech is one of just two Big 12 programs to have at least one All-American in each of the last two seasons.
BECKIE CONTINUES STELLAR NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY
Texas Tech sophomore forward Janine Beckie continued her brilliant play in the NCAA postseason in 2013 scoring three goals in just two matches. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. scored twice in Tech's 3-0 shutout of Minnesota in the first round at the John Walker Soccer Complex before putting Tech ahead 2-1 over Texas A&M in the 75th minute of the Red Raiders' second round match in Chapel Hill. For her career, Beckie has scored five goals and 1 assist (11 pts) in NCAA postseason play.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Texas Tech concludes the 2013 season at No. 17 in the NSCAA Postseason rankings - its highest postseason ranking in school history. With the No. 17 ranking, the Red Raiders appeared in the top-20 of the NSCAA rankings for 10 consecutive week to end the season, climbing as high as No. 11 in Week 11 entering the Big 12 Tournament. Tech also climbed to as high as No. 7 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings, a spot it held for four consecutive weeks.
RED RAIDERS SET RECORD FOR HOME WINS WITH 10
With Tech's victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the John Walker Soccer Complex, the Red Raiders set a school record for home wins in a single season with 10. Since 2012, Texas Tech has gone 19-2 on its home field with two victories in NCAA Tournament games.
RED RAIDERS SHOW BALANCE ON OFFENSIVE END
The Texas Tech offense showed impressive balance this season as 14 different Red Raiders have found the back of the net during the 2013 season. But that's not all, 10 of those have scored at least twice and five have scored four or more times. The scoring power was led by sophomore and NSCAA All-Central First Team selection Janine Beckie who netted a team-high 12 goals.
ESSON AMONG TOP KEEPERS IN THE COUNTRY
Entering the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Esson ranks No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 with a .329 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. Esson's save percentage of .875 ranked No. 9 nationally and also led the Big 12.
TECH'S SECOND HALF OUTBURSTS
The Red Raiders proved to be dominant in the second half of play over the last three seasons. In 2012 alone, Tech outscored opponents 29-10 in the second half. In the last three seasons combined (2011-13), Tech has outscored opponents 63-29 in the final 45 minutes of play. This year, they continued that trend, outscoring opponents 21-8 in the second half . Against Colorado State, Tech went off for four goals in the second half - the most by a Tech team in a single half of play since 2011 when the Red Raiders netted five in the second half against Arizona State.
TECH PRODUCES MOST OFFENSE SINCE 1996 SEASON
Texas Tech scored 48 goals in 2013 marking the third-most and school history, and most since the 1996 season. The Red Raiders have now scored at least 45 goals in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1995-96 squads.
LOOK WHAT'S COMING BACK - TECH SCORING LED BY UNDERCLASSMEN
A bulk of Texas Tech's scoring power came from underclassmen in 2013. In fact, 73 percent - 35 of Tech's 48 goals from 2013 - came from freshmen and sophomores. The scoring was led by sophomore forward Janine Beckie who netted 12 goals on the season. Meanwhile, each of Tech's top-3 goal scorers (Beckie, Murphy and Rohmer) - were all sophomores.