By Britton Drown: Texas Tech Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech offense exploded for eight goals Sunday as the No. 14 Red Raiders shutout Arkansas Pine Bluff 8-0 on Senior Day at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Seven different Red Raiders found the back of the net including seniors Jessica Fuston and Kansas Bayly as the most decorated senior class in program history celebrated their careers in style with the Sunday afternoon victory. Texas Tech now extends its program-best unbeaten streak to 10-straight matches and moves to 12-1-1 on the season.
"We wanted to be aggressive from the outset, finish our chances and make sure we allowed everyone to play," head coach Tom Stone. "It was Senior Day with a lot of emotion. It was hard for us to even keep it together at the beginning because this senior class has meant so much to us."
Texas Tech's eight goals are the most by a Red Raider team under current head coach Tom Stone (2007-present) and the most since Texas Tech scored a school record 10 against Prairie View A&M in 2006.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech's defense, which entered the weekend ranked in the top-10 nationally, didn't allow a single shot in Sunday's dominant victory over the Lions as the Red Raiders posted their seventh shutout in the last eight matches.
Texas Tech jumped out early in the contest as sophomore Hannah Devine and Fuston each scored in the first 20 minutes of the match. Devine connected on a header in the 11th minute off a corner kick from fellow sophomore Caity Heap on the far side for her third goal of the season.
Fuston then connected on her first goal of the year at the 19:59 mark as she headed home a pass from Janine Beckie from the right wing. The score marked her 25th career goal to move past former Red Raiders Dawn Ward and Brittney Harrison into sole possession of fourth all-time at Texas Tech on the career scoring list.
The Red Raiders then went on to score three goals in just more than three minutes as sophomore Briana Rohmer scored twice and freshman Kendyl Pirkey added another in scoring burst that began in the 31st minute.
Rohmer opened the scoring when she connected on a shot from near the 6-yard box off a pass from Maddy Crabtree. It marked her third goal of the season while Crabtree picked up her third assist of the year.
Pirkey, a true freshman, then scored on her first career touch before Rohmer scored her second goal of the afternoon at the 31:15 mark to give the Red Raiders a 5-0 lead over the Lions.
Sophomore Jade Dapaah put the finishing touches on Tech's dominant first half of play with a dominant goal of her own in the 42nd minute. The Oklahoma transfer launched a free kick from 25-yards out that sailed into the back of the net giving the Red Raiders a 6-0 lead going into halftime.
The six goals in the first half tied a school record set in 1995, and the Red Raiders are now outscoring opponents 20-0 in the first half of play this season.
Texas Tech went on to add two more goals in the second half as Bayly and Heap pushed Tech's lead to 8-0 with goals in each the 64th and 75th minute. Heap, who also recorded two assists on the day, now has four goals on the season.
The Red Raiders return to conference play next weekend as Tech travels to Norman, Okla. to face the Sooners on Friday before traveling to Waco for a highly-anticipated match at No. 20 Baylor Sunday.