Red Raiders End in 1-1 Draw With Acu in Spring Opener

Published 02/23 2014 10:50PM

Updated 02/23 2014 10:51PM

The Texas Tech soccer team opens practice.
The Texas Tech soccer team opens practice.
LUBBOCK, Texas  The Texas Tech soccer team, coming off its best season in school history with 18 victories and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, opened its 2014 spring season Sunday with a home exhibition match against Abilene Christian.
The Red Raiders took an early 1-0 lead following a Caity Heap blast into the top corner of the Wildcat net, but Abilene Christian netted an equalizer in the 50th minute of play to force an eventual 1-1 draw.
"First of all we were all impressed with the level of play from our newest Division I friends from Abilene Christian," Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "They are well coached and very well organized. Their goal was well taken after a turnover near the top of our box. Abilene Christian's goalkeeper also made some very solid saves."
Heap, who logged over 1,100 minutes and scored four goals as a sophomore during the 2013 season, gave the Red Raiders the 1-0 advantage in the 30th minute of play off a pass from teammate Alli Murphy.
Heap took the feed and beat a Wildcat defender with a sidestep to set up and connect on the scoring opportunity.
"There were some real good pieces of the game," Stone said. "And a few outstanding performances. But overall it's clear we have a lot of work to do this spring."
The Red Raiders held a 19-4 advantage in shots and 6-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities in the match.
Texas Tech played the match without the services of All-Americans Janine Beckie and Jaelene Hinkle who were unavailable due to National Youth Team commitments out of the country.
Tech will continue its spring schedule Friday with a home match against West Texas A&M at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

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