2011 Top Moments: Red Raiders Rout Arizona State 5-0|
Madison Terry scored two goals in the Red Raiders 5-0 shutout over Arizona State on Sept. 16.
Dec. 19, 2011
*** The Texas Tech women's soccer team has improved on its previous year in each of the last five seasons under head coach Tom Stone. In 2011, several milestones were reached and more records were broken as the Red Raiders continues their climb towards the top of the Big 12 Conference.
"Despite the disappointment of not being selected to the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season, we will look back at 2011 as another stop forward," Stone said. "A true style of play emerged for us this year, we had real depth for the first time and we had some significant wins at home and on the road. All these experiences set the table nicely for our 2012 campaign."
TexasTech.com will take a look at the Top Five Soccer Moments from 2011 over the next five days and let the fans decide on their favorite on the final day by going to the official Facebook page of the Texas Tech Athletic Department.
ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS
The Texas Tech soccer team, led by senior Madison Terry's two goals and senior Taylor Lytle'stwo assists, beat Arizona State, 5-0, in the opening game of the 2011 Cats Classic in Tucson, Ariz. on Sept. 16.
"In the first half, we settled in after about 10 minutes and into a real good passing rhythm," head coach Tom Stonesaid after the match. "Once we started taking care of the ball the game started tilting in our favor."
After a quiet first half the Red Raiders wasted little time getting on the board. In the 47th minute, Taylor Lytle crossed the ball into the box where it found Madison Terryfor her first goal of the season. It was Lytle's first assist of the season and 25th of her career.
"As we've seen this season, we can be all over opponents but leave some goals on the table that we should have scored," Stone said. "As we have been telling the girls it would - the lid finally came off the goal and once we got the first one, it was like we were running downhill."
Jessica Fuston, Tech's leading goal scorer from a year ago would once again prove to be the same scorer in 2011 as she found the net in the 61st on a pass from Terry. Fuston scored on a wide open net to put Tech up 2-0.
The third goal was setup by Lytle again. Lytle drew the goalkeeper out of the box and found a wide open Terry for her second goal of the night. With two assists, Lytle moved into a tie with Kristy Frantzfor most assists in a career with 26.
"Lylte was all over the Sun Devils tonight - relentless in running at the back four and her two assists were pure class," Stone said. "Her ability to make the right decision in the final third is amongst the best in college soccer."
Terry moved into second place in school history for points in a single match with five and her two second half goals ties her for the most in a single match. Melanie Brosnahan(2000) and Frantz (1996) both accomplished the feat during their careers.
"We scheduled ASU because they had come off of two excellent seasons, the last of which they had been ranked in the top 10...and with all the talk of the Pac 12, we were excited to get to Arizona.
"After an even half, our offense went nuts and Madison Terryplayed the [best] offensive game of her career. Madi was brilliant and the rest of the crew followed suit. Five goals in one half was a first for us against such a quality program."
The four assists in the second half ties a school record set in 1995 against Stephen F. Austin.
The Red Raiders final goal came from Tiffini Smith. The sophomore's second goal of the season came on a shot that sailed over the keepers head in the 84th minute.
The five goals in the second half, ties a school record. It previously happened against Prairie View A&M in 2006 and South Alabama in 1996.
It would be the first of much more road success for Texas Tech in 2011, adding another strength to the team for upcoming seasons - the ability to win on the road.