2011 Top Moments: Red Raiders Win Instant Classic In Home Finale
The Red Raiders sent four seniors out with a double overtime win over the Longhorns.
Dec. 22, 2011
*** The Texas Tech 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.
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AN INSTANT CLASSIC
Jessica Fuston knew this was a big game and a big opportunity to do something important for her team--especially four Texas Tech seniors.
The Texas Tech women's soccer team wanted to end the regular season by sending seniors Casey McCall, Taylor Lytle, Madison Terry and Maggie Fete out in style and getting the squad's first win against the Longhorns since 1999.
So when Tiffini Smith's pass crossed Fuston's path, she threw everything she had into the ball and pushed it into the back of the net past Texas keeper Alexa Gaul to score the game-winning goal in double overtime. The goal gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 win over Texas in front of 1,2312 at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
"I saw Tiff dribbling and she has a really strong shot," said Fuston, who scored her team-leading eighth goal this season. "I saw it coming and just kind of threw my body at it (thinking) like, `It's going in.'
"Throughout the game (coach Tom Stone) kept telling us, `This is for our seniors.' We couldn't get it done in the first overtime, but he kept telling us to just keep playing like we're playing and we'll get the win. In the second overtime we just pushed it."
The win kept Texas Tech (10-5-2, 3-2-1 Big 12) undefeated on Sundays in 2011 (7-0-1) and moved the Red Raiders into fourth place in the Big 12 with 10 points.
"We really challenged the team tonight to be at their best," Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "Texas was playing very well but we needed the win badly and we played lights out tonight."
Tech played one of its most aggressive games of the season, outshooting Texas 24-15 - led by McCall's four shots including one to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead in regulation. It was the third goal of the season for McCall and second of the weekend.
"Casey was everything a senior captain should be tonight." Stone said after the match. "She played a ton of shutout minutes at center-back and then went forward to score on the corner and play some significant minutes up top for us."
Lytle also had a record night of her own, assisting the game-winning goal with Smith to become the all-time assists leader at Tech with 27.
With the crowd of 1,232 on hand for the final home match of 2011, Tech averaged nearly 2,000 fans a game in its final three contests at John Walker Soccer Complex.
"Our fans played a big role tonight--they were fantastic in keeping the energy up in the stadium," Stone said. "They helped make this a special night for us since it was our last home game of the season. We've tied these guys the last two years at their place--it was time we get a win and being at home sure helped.
"We've broken every attendance record this season and I can't say enough about the impact our loyal fans have made on us and on this program. They have created a legitimate home field advantage for us and its made game night a magical experience for our girls."